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Color copper lithograph map by region. Shows political divisions, important towns, villages, landmarks, rivers and mountains. Includes explanations, numbered list of Turkish provinces and notes. Prime meridian is Greenwich. Map numbered "72" in error.
1848 edition, known as Mitchell's new Universal atlas, without Tanner's name on the title page. Tanner issued this atlas first in 1836 with engraved maps, then it was taken over by Carey and Hart in 1843 and converted by them to lithographic maps in 1845. In 1846 Mitchell took over the publishing of this atlas and continued until 1849. This atlas is important in American printing history in that it was the first American atlas to be converted from engraved map plates to lithographic map plates. The maps are in full color, lithographic, covering the World, North America, and Mexico. Oregon and Upper California maps show the new boundary of Mexico and the United States resulting from the Mexican War, for the first time. Title page by K. Knight, includes a view of "The first landing of Columbus in the new world". Print showing Christopher Columbus and crew praying after landing in the New World for the first time on October 12 1492. Atlas is bound in half leather green marbled paper covered boards with "Mitchell's Universal Atlas" stamped in gilt on front label. Mitchell was born in 1792 in Connecticut and spent some of his early working years as a teacher. During his teaching years, he became quite dissatisfied with the available textbooks, and this led him to become a writer and publisher. He moved to Philadelphia, a major center for publishing at the time.