Fine Copper-Engraved Pocket Map of New York
with Excellent Original Color

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334. [MAP]. MITCHELL, S[amuel] Augustus. Map of the State of New York Compiled from the Latest Authorities. Philadelphia Published by S. Augustus Mitchell 1838 [5 inset maps, clockwise from upper left: [1] Vicinity of the Falls of Niagara. [2] Vicinity of Rochester. [3] Map of the Hudson River from New York to Albany. [4] Vicinity of New York. [5] Vicinity of Albany. [key to transportation symbols at lower right corner above neat line] Explanation.... Philadelphia: S. August Mitchell, 1838. Copper-engraved map on banknote paper, original full and outline color, piano-key border; neat line to neat line: 42.2 x 52.7 cm; overall sheet size: 43.8 x 55 cm; folded into publisher’s original green blind-embossed roan pocket covers, with gilt-lettered leather label: Travellers Map of New-York (13.5 x 8.5 cm). Map: A few minor spots and one clean fold split in right inset (no loss), overall fine, with vivid color. Pocket covers: Slightly rubbed, gutter liner paper partly perished, else fine. Contemporary ink inscription on front pastedown, “A token of friendship from K. Atkinson to Mr. W. Bond Palmer Mar. 14, 1844.”

     This popular, long-lived map appeared in Mitchell’s first atlas, A New American Atlas (1831; Rumsey 3884.005: “Mitchell purchased the plates for this atlas from Anthony Finley, who used them previously in his 1826 edition of his own atlas of the same title, New American Atlas”). Mitchell omitted the profile of the Erie Canal that appeared on his 1831 first edition and added four inset maps of New York cities. American Imprints 1838:51732. Rumsey 4055 (1832 pocket map). The tranportation key has progress and proposed canals, present and proposed railroads, turnpikes, and common roads. Mileage is listed along roads. For more on S. Augustus Mitchell (1792, Bristol Connecticut-1868, Philadelphia), see Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp. 303-304.


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