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Last Gasp of S. Augustus Mitchell’s Map of Texas—by Junior

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343.     [MAP]. MITCHELL, S[amuel] Augustus, Jr. County Map of Texas. [below neat line] Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1890 by S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the State for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [inset map at lower left] Galveston Bay, and Vicinity. [Philadelphia, 1890]. Lithograph map with ornate grapevine border, original pale blue hand-colored shading, Texas outlined in blue; neat line to neat line: 23.3 x 31.5 cm; map and ornate border: 27 x 34.4 cm. Fine copy, matted, maple frame, glazed.

     The Texas Panhandle of this map has been hijacked, sad to say, and is not shown. This map’s ancestor goes way back—to the un-Panhandled Texas as delineated by Young in 1835 (see Item 374 for a description of the 1836 edition), although by the time of this late incarnation, the place names and development of Texas had proliferated. After retirement around 1860, the innovative, shrewd, and prolific map publisher, S. Augustus Mitchell turned the business over to his son of the same name. Junior continued with the classic and popular Mitchell atlas under the title New General Atlas, in a slightly smaller format, as here. The maps continued to be used right up to the end of the nineteenth century, sometimes by other publishers. See Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, p. 313. The imprint below the ornate border of the present map shows evidence of alteration.


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