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    S[amuel] Augustus Mitchell, Mitchell's Reference & Distance Map Of The United States by J. H. Young, 1846. Lithograph map within ornamental frame border printed on paper and recently mounted on cloth backing. The map has the original full hand color and an ornamental border in green. Overall sheet size is 72" x 56". Light overall patina, several small cracks (no losses), light water staining, overall a very good copy of a map exceptionally rare in this format. Given the intended usage of wall maps the condition found here is fine.

    The map also shows an early depiction of Texas as a state of the Union, complete with all its extravagant territorial claims, including a Panhandle that stretches aggressively north to the 42nd parallel and a border on the Rio Grande rather than the Nueces River. This map has been updated, however, to show Texas divided into counties instead of empresario grants.

    During the middle of the nineteenth century, Mitchell (1792-1808) was the dominant commercial publisher of geographical materials. His career began as a teacher of geography but discouragement set in when he found inadequate the maps and atlases available to his students. He abandoned teaching with a plan to remedy the problem -- he would turn his attention to publishing. In this endeavor he found his calling and after some forty years he had published many of the most popular and influential works disseminating the expanding knowledge about America and introducing many Americans to the subject of geography.

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