Description of S. Augustus Mitchell's New Universal Atlas, 1847
These fine, hand-colored lithographs are from the work entitled 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. by S. Augustus Mitchell. Mitchell and his sons were well-known for their maps in the nineteenth century, becoming one of the first actual successful cartographers in this country. They first published this atlas in 1846 after attaining the rights Tanner's New Universal Atlas. After publishing several editions, they sold the copyright to Cowperthwait & Co. of Philadelphia in 1850, who published it until 1856, when they sold it to Charles de Silver.