Mitchell Boston 1862


“Plan of Boston.”  From Mitchell’s New General Atlas.   Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1863.  11 x 9 1/4.  Lithograph.  Original hand coloring.  Excellent condition.

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For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence.  This fine map of Boston is from one of his son’s atlases.  The map depicts and names streets, rail lines, and major buildings.  The different areas of the city are colored in a contrasting pastel shades.  A small inset of the “country around Boston” is included in the bottom right, showing the many rail lines entering the city.  A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map, as well as one of the most detailed maps of Boston of the later nineteenth century.