This volume with 73 hand-colored lithographed maps is Samuel Augustus Mitchell’s A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World. With a special map of each of the United States, Plans of Cities &c.. The work was published in in Philadelphia in 1854 by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.
There is a chromolithographic title page with large vignette, hand-colored frontispiece of the heights of mountains and lengths of rivers, 73 originally hand-colored lithographed maps, as well as charts and city plans. The volume is bound in publisher’s red half morocco with green marbled paper-covered boards with morocco title label elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt on upper cover. It is housed in a sturdy, modern red cloth box with dark red morocco lettering piece.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) and his sons were leading map publishers in the United States in the 19th century. Mitchell moved to Philadelphia c1830 in the hopes to improve geography textbooks and American cartographical information. He acquired the rights to Tanner’s New Universal Atlas (first published in 1836), and issued his first printing of the work in 1846.
Provenance: Signed name of Edwin H. Price