A New Map of Pennsylvania, 1850 by S.A. Mitchell


A New Map of Pennsylvania, 1850


S.A. Mitchell

Ref GM571
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 24" x 20" (60 x 50 cm)
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‘A New Map of Pennsylvania’ was published in 1850 by Samuel A. Mitchell, a renowned mapmaker of the nineteenth century. Samuel Mitchell initially began working as a school teacher but noticed the inaccuracy and poor quality of maps in school texts. This proved to be Mitchell’s inspiration and compelled him to become one of the most prolific map publishers in the United States during the nineteenth century. This exquisitely hand-coloured map was printed with fine copperplate engravings and is fully entitled ‘A New Map of Pennsylvania with its Canals, Rail-Roads & C.’ This map depicts an array of additional geographical information as well as detailing the state of Pennsylvania, such as the diagram above the map which illustrates the ‘Profile of the Pennsylvanian Canal’ and ‘Columbia Rail Road’ and beneath the map are tables detailing the routes and stops of steam boats. ‘A New Map of Pennsylvania’ is an extremely rare map as it was solely published in the 1850 edition of Mitchell’s ‘New Universal Atlas’. The atlas contained an exquisite collection of Mitchell’s accurate and detailed maps covering areas all over the world. ‘A New Map of Pennsylvania’ is a historically significant map which provides the geography of the state and illustrates this developing region in North East America. This map also provides a fantastic record of the state prior to the establishment of the first successful drill into a commercial oil well in 1859 in Pennsylvania which led to a major boom in the oil industry throughout the United States.