Philadelphia: Thomas Cowperthwait & Co., 1852.
Map. Lithograph with original hand coloring. Image measures 11 1/2" x 14".
Beautifully detailed map of North Carolina divided into counties. The map delineates towns, waterways, railroads, and major routes, as explained in a small key at the bottom center. Canals are highlighted in blue and railroads in orange. Also included are insets of Craven and the Gold Region, as well as a profile of the "Dismal Swamp Canal" and a table of distances. This particular map comes from the 1852 edition of Mitchell's seminal "New Universal Atlas" published by Thomas Cowperthwait & Co. The map is in good condition, with some margin staining and some edge wear, not affecting printed image.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell Sr. (1792-1868) is one of the leaders in American cartography of the 19th century and pioneered the conversion of engraved map plates to more affordable lithographic plates. His son, Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. continued his father's successful mapmaking and publishing business, and was one of the most prolific and renowned 19th century American publishers.