Mitchell Minnesota 1863


“County Map of Minnesota.” From Mitchell’s New General Atlas.  Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1863. 13 3/4 x 11 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Very good condition.

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One of the first maps of just Minnesota by itself.  S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., of Philadelphia, was one of the largest map publishers of the middle of the nineteenth century. The firm was founded by his father, who from the middle of the nineteenth century, issued atlases and maps of all parts of the world in all formats. The Mitchell atlases contained up-to-date maps which were as attractive as they were accurate. This is a fine example of the Mitchell firm’s output. Interestingly, this map shows one inconsistency, with Rock County labeled as Pipestone, and vice versa. Both counties were founded in May of 1857. This error seems to have begun in an earlier published map of the state by Colton.  This map also shows “Andy Johnson” county, which was later changed to Wilkin County.