MITCHELL, S. Augustus (1792-1868), and James H. YOUNG (fl.1817-50)
Mitchell's Reference and Distance Map of the United States.
Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1845. Copper-engraved wall map, with full original colour, expertly repaired, backed with modern linen, trimmed in green cloth, on contemporary rollers, with bright colour, overall in very good condition. Sheet size: 52 x 66 inches.
An impressive wall map of the United States from a crucial year in American history.
In 1834 Mitchell republished his A New Map of the United States under the title of Reference and Distance Map. New, updated editions appeared almost yearly. When compared to the 1833 edition of the former, this 1845 edition of the Reference and Distance Map shows many new developments in the upper Midwest. The outline of Lake Michigan has undergone extensive corrections. An oversized Wisconsin Territory (1836) now appears. Two of the small insets of American towns have been removed from the upper left-hand corner so that the new oversized Territory of Iowa (1838) could be added. The large inset General Map of the United States now shows Texas in its last year as an independent Republic. An important American map, showing the country on the eve of its second great national expansion.
Rumsey 4223; Phillips, Maps, p. 898.