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Yet Another Descendant of Young's Texas Map

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337. [MAP]. MITCHELL, S[amuel] Augustus. Map of Texas from the Most Recent Authorities. Philadelphia: Published by S.A. Mitchell, N.E. corner of Market & 7th Streets. 1846 [above lower neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by C.S. Williams, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. [inset map at lower left, 9.5 x 11.9 cm] Texas North of Red River. [number at lower right outside border] 35. Philadelphia, 1846. Lithograph map within ornate border, original full hand coloring, neat line to neat line: 30.8 x 37.7 cm; overall sheet size: 35.2 x 43.6 cm. Uniform mild browning, scattered foxing (mainly confined to blank margins), color somewhat faded (greens to brown), overall good, mounted on white mat board. In handsome old maple frame with gilt liner, glazed.

     Day, Maps of Texas, p. 40 (various issues). Streeter 1629 (1845 issue). This map is yet another example of a Texas map descended from Young’s great series of Texas maps which came out beginning in 1835 (see Items 374 and 375 herein for two early editions). This example was published as Map 35 in Mitchell’s 1846 New Universal Atlas (Phillips, Atlases 6103). Two issues of Mitchell’s atlas came out in 1846, the first with engraved maps, and the second with lithograph maps, as here. "This atlas is important in American printing history in that it was the first American atlas to be converted from engraved map plates to lithographic map plates—greatly reducing the cost of production and thus making the book widely affordable by the general public" (Rumsey 537.036). This map was issued in numerous permutations in quick succession (see Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp. 202 & 311-313). For example, Rumsey has an example of the map that varies from the present example in publisher and year after title (C.S. Lewis, 1846) and a different border; however, copyright and numbered atlas map "35" are identical, as is the removal of erroneous Spring Creek County noted by Streeter (1629), but the legend “Colorado Hills” still appears above Austin.


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