“Plan of Boston.” From Mitchell’s New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1880. 13 1/2 x 21. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Light waterstain in bottom margin. Else, very good condition.
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, with part of Charlestown, 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 and an inset of the “country around Boston” is included in the bottom right. 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.