Map of Russia, Sweden and Norway, 1880, Mitchell
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1880 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. 1880 would be the last full year that Tsar Alexander II would rule Russia. Disliked by his people for a series of wars with the Ottoman Empire and a scandalous family life that estranged him from his heir, he was assassinated in 1881. His death was the work of terrorist organization, Narodnaya Volya, who promoted greater power and equality for the poor and oppressed. The course of Russian events in the 1880s would be headed by Tsar Alexander III. He increased autocratic control and severely limited the power of small local councils, and encouraged greater religious and national identity. His death was attempted by the same terrorist group as his father, but was unsuccessful. Also in the 1880s, Norway and Sweden were led by King Oscar II. An excellent diplomat, he was well-loved by his fellow European monarchs and even respected by the United States government. One of his major accomplishments was to further the creation of the parliamentary system in Sweden during his reign.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) turned his attention to mapmaking in the 1830s, due to his dissatisfaction with available school maps. He developed a map publishing business that would make him and later his son the most prominent American map publishers of the nineteenth century. By collaborating with prominent mapmakers and engravers of the day, such as James H. Young and Henry S. Tanner, Mitchell ensured that the maps he published were of the highest quality. During the 1850s, he partnered with Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Company to publish his A New Universal Atlas and his General Atlas. In 1860, his son Samuel Augustus, Jr, joined the company and he ensured that the Mitchell name remained an important one well into the 1880s.
This original antique map is single paged, as issued, with a plate size of 14" x 11". Published by S.A. Mitchell in 1880.
- Onastasia Youssef
Plate size: 14" x 11"
Condition: Excellent condition