United States ca 1870


“VII.  Map of the United States.”  From Mitchell’s New Reference Atlas.  Philadelphia, 1870. 10 3/4 x 17 1/4.  Lithograph.  Original hand color.  Dot on location of Denver.  Else, very good condition.


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This is an example of a reference maps from an atlas intended “for the use of Colleges, Libraries, Families, and Counting Houses.”  The maps are the work of the S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. cartographic firm.  As such, they are clear and up-to-date, and presented with clarity so as to be able to be used as reference works.  It shows the country shortly after the Civil War, when the western region was undergoing considerable growth.  Good information is presented throughout, including Indian Tribes, the location of gold rushes, forts, and the trans-continental railroad, completed the year before this map was issued.