Philadelphia. S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1860.
First Edition. Total of 39 single and 4 double handcolored maps (complete as issued), folio (16 x 13 inches), cloth covered boards with leather corners and spine (hardbound). Covers are very worn and detached, spine has deteriorated, text block/maps largely loose, chipping to preliminary pages and fore edge. The majority of the maps are in very good condition. The first map in the atlas has suffered the most damage: The World (No. 1)is chipped at edges of sheet with very tight side margins, light toning and soiling to lower margin. Split to lower half of centrefold of double page map of New York, New Hampshire etc. Light soiling/toning to margins throughout. Very rich impression and coloring to the maps in this, the first edition of are This is the first edition of Mitchell's New General Atlas, replacing the New Universal Atlas. "The first edition, first state, with no page numbers outside the borders, no New Orleans map between 28 and 29, and with the larger "Map of the World on a Globular Projection" by W. Williams" (David Rumsey). The atlas was issued as the population of the Western United States began to soar, with new states and territories requiring frequent updates of maps of the West. A fascinating collection of maps documenting the rapidly changing face of the United States. Item #52037