S. Augustus Mitchell "A New Map of Georgia with its Roads & Distances." From A New Universal Atlas.
Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1848. 13 3/4 x 11 1/2. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. With typical time toning and color oxidation. Otherwise, very good condition.
A fine map of Georgia from the mid-nineteenth century, showing the state at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, lakes and political borders. 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. It is obvious from the quality and attractive appearance of this map why Mitchell's firm became so important. This map is especially interesting in its depiction of the transportation network in the state, including roads and railroads. A table at the bottom lists the steamboat routes from Savannah to Augusta and from Savannah to Charleston; an important bit of information in this period of increased immigration and travel in the American south.