Fine and attractive original antique map of southern New England, showing the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. This map was drawn and engraved by W. H. Gamble for Mitchell's New General Atlas, published in 1884, during the term of President Chester A. Arthur.
The map shows railroads, cities, towns, county lines, and more. Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Dekes jut off of the Massachusetts coast. Part of the states of New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire can be seen. In all, the map is notable for its detail and bright colors used.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell Jr. inherited the Mitchell Company from his father in 1860. For over thirty years, the company had specialized in the production of school atlases and wall maps of America. They were one of the pioneers on engraving on steel plates. In 1860, Samuel Jr. released the New General Atlas, which had been compiled in house and replaced a previous atlas by Tanner. The elder Mitchell died in 1868 and Samuel Jr. continued the business until the 1890s. At its height, the Mitchell Company employed 250 people and sold 400,000 publications annually.