Mitchell New Orleans 1881


“Plan of New Orleans.”  From New General Atlas.   Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1881.  9 1/4 x 11. Lithograph.  Original hand coloring.  Very good 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 is from one of his son’s atlases.  The map depicts and names streets, rail lines, and major buildings.  Each area of the city is colored in a contrasting pastel shade.  This map would have provided more readers with information about New Orleans than any other map of the period.  A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map.