Mitchell Mississippi 1848

$275.00

S. Augustus Mitchell. “A New Map of Mississippi with its Roads & Distances.” From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1848. 14 x 11 3/8. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-color. Very good condition.

Description

An excellent map of Mississippi by S. Augustus Mitchell. 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 map of Mississippi is a good example of this work. Topographical and political information, including towns, rivers, etc. is clearly shown, and the counties are shaded with contrasting pastel shades. This series of maps is known in particular for its excellent detail on the transportation nexus in the states, and here roads, with distances along them, canals and one railroad-from Jackson to the Mississippi River-are clearly presented. At left is a table of distances along the steam boat routes in the state. A fine early map of the state.