|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 US for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania|
|Dimensions||270 x 340 mm|
A nineteenth century American map of the Middle East, published in Philadelphia for Mitchell's New General Atlas. The various nations and kingdoms of the region are washed in hand colour. Beloochistan, now divided between modern Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, is shown as a separate state, and the Ottoman Empire encompasses Turkey, Syria, the Holy Land, and Mesopotamia, though Georgia is part of a separate Transcaucasia. Palestine and the Holy Land are shown in detail in an inset map covering much of the Arabian peninsula. The map is enclosed in a decorative border composed of ribbons, roses, grapes, and vines.
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 borders, otherwise a clean crisp impression. Blank on verso.