Map of The World in Hemispheres with Other Projections, 1860, Mitchell

Map of The World in Hemispheres with Other Projections, 1860, Mitchell

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This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1860 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. The engraving celebrates the achievement of 19th-century mapmaking and a modern understanding of the world. Where only a few centuries before, Western society had a limited understanding of planet Earth, this map not only shows all seven continents, but does so from a three-dimensional perspective. The world's important waterways are displayed at the upper-left and the upper-right corners of the map - significant as it pays respect to the fact that navigation of such waterways made exploration possible. While the map is both practical and beautifully rendered by the American mapmaker, the United States and other world powers were in turmoil domestically due to economic unrest, as well as abroad where imperialism forced the subjugation of cultural identity and the seizing of local economies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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.
- Onastasia Youssef

Plate Size: 14" x 11"

Condition: Excellent condition

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