|Method||Lithograph with original hand colour|
|Artist||Mitchell Jnr, Samuel Augustus|
|Published||Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1860 by S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the U.S. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.|
|Dimensions||340 x 270 mm|
A map of the state of California, published in Philadelphia for Mitchell's New General Atlas. The various counties of the state are washed in hand colour, and the adjoining borders of Oregon, Utah, and Mexico are outlined in yellow. In the bottom left corner, an inset map shows San Francisco Bay and Surrounds, while a much larger inset map in the top right shows Salt Lake City and the settlements of Utah. The map is enclosed in a decorative border composed of ribbons, roses, and fruit.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell Snr. (1792 - 1868) was one of the leading American map publishers of the nineteenth century. Working as a teacher in Connecticut, Mitchell Snr. became dissatisfied with the quality of school text books, and moved to the publishing centre Philadelphia to issue A New American Atlas (1831) from existing plates. He also began working with J. H. Young, the main compiler, draftsman and engraver for the Mitchell company until c.1860. Early pioneers of steel engraving, the Mitchell Company published Tanner's New Universal Atlas (1846 - 59), Mitchell's New General Atlas (1860 - 93), Mitchell's School Atlas (1839-1886) and Mitchell's Ancient Atlas, Classical and Sacred (1844 - 74). The firm was continued by Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jnr. until the 1890s.
Condition: Minor foxing to sheet.