Mitchell, Tennessee with its Roads & Distances 1851


“A New Map of Tennessee with its Roads & Distances . . ..” Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1851. With insets of the environs of Nashville and Knoxville. 11 1/2 x 15 1/4. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. Very good condition.

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An original antique map of Tennessee. ¬†For much of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the Mitchell firm dominated American cartography in output and influence. S. Augustus Mitchell Jr.’s maps of the 1860s are probably the best known issues of this firm, but his father’s earlier efforts are excellent maps derived from H.S. Tanner’s atlas of the 1830s. This fine map of Tennessee shows the state at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with topographical details, including rivers, towns, and separate coloring for each of the many counties. It is obvious from the quality and attractive appearance of this map why Mitchell’s firm became so important. This map is especially interesting in its depiction of the transportation network in the state, including stagecoach roads and railroads. A table at the bottom right lists the steamboat routes from Nashville to Pittsburgh and to New Orleans; an important bit of information in this period of increased immigration and travel in the American mid-west. A fascinating Tennessee document from mid-century.