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Mitchell 1849 Ireland

"Ireland." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. 12 x 9 1/2. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Full margins. Light spot at top right margin, just into neat line. Otherwise, very good condition.

A strong map of Ireland from S. Augustus Mitchell. For much of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the Mitchell firm dominated American cartography in output and influence. S. Augustus Mitchell Jr.'s maps of the 1860s are probably the best known issues of this firm, but his father's earlier efforts are excellent maps derived from H.S. Tanner's atlas of the 1830s. This map of Ireland is a good example of this work. Topographical information is clearly presented and towns, lakes, roads, and other information is shown and named. Political divisions are indicated with contrasting pastel shades. $325

Colton Ireland

"Ireland." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1856. 16 x 13. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

From the mid-nineteenth century on, the lead in American map publishing swung from Philadelphia to New York, and the firm of Joseph Hutchins Colton played a large role in this shift. This map exhibits the typical care with which the Colton firm produced their maps. Colton compiled the most current information on Ireland available at the time, presenting it with great care and precision. Noting topography and county divisions this map presents as detailed and accurate a picture of the country as was available to the public at mid-century. Not only is this a good example of nineteenth century American cartography, but it is also an attractive artifact as well, with clear details and original hand color. $250

Black: Ireland
Anon. "Ireland" From Black’s General Atlas. Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1865. Lithograph printed in color. 19 3/4 x 15 1/4. Horizontal fold as issued. Repaired tear in margin. Else, very good condition.

A map from a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 80s, keeping their maps as current as possible. Note the progress of railroads out of Dublin. This handsome map is a good example of their output. $325

John Bartholomew. Philips' Handy Atlas of the Counties of Ireland. Revised by P.W. Joyce. London: George Philip & Son, [1881]. 12mo. with 33 double page color maps showing Ireland and the baronies of each county, plus index, and advertisements. Gilt decorated green cloth, beveled boards.

The third generation of the Edinburgh based Bartholomew line of geographers, engravers and publishers, John Bartholomew Jr. (1831-1893) was the son of John Bartholomew Sr. (1805-1861) and grandson of George B. Bartholomew (1784-1871).

George Philip (1800-1882) was a cartographer and publisher who in 1834 started his own business in Liverpool producing maps and educational books. His son George (1823-1902) was admitted to the business in 1848, and the firm later opened in London. First producing hand-tinted copper plate maps by cartographers such as the elder John Bartholomew, August Petermann and William Hughes, by the time Philip produced his county maps beginning in 1862, he was using machine colored maps produced on power-driven lithographic presses. The firm also supplied atlases and textbooks overseas, starting with an atlas for Australian schools in 1865 and for New Zealand in 1869. The demand from boarding schools, established after 1870, enabled further expansion in the market for general textbooks, school stationery, atlases and wall maps. $275


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