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Eastern and Western Hemispheres
1841
Printer:Printed by Mather, Case, Tiffany & Burnham , American, active 1841
Lithography; black printer's ink and watercolors on paper, lined with linen
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 27 1/8 x 48 3/4in. (68.9 x 123.8cm) Sheet (height x width): 28 1/2 x 50in. (72.4 x 127cm) Mount (height x width): 29 x 50 1/4in. (73.7 x 127.6cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: Mitchell's Outline Maps were designed to be used in the teaching of geography in schools. This large world map was supposed to teach students about latitude and longitude, about the poles, the equator, circles (the Arctic Circle, the Antarctic Circle, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn) and zones (the "Frigid" Zones, the Temperate Zones, and the Tropics), but the key to this map also raised questions about political divisions, races of men, stages of society, religion, and language. Mitchell wanted teachers to use his maps to teach their students to think about broader issues, not just to memorize facts about physical geography.
Description: Map of the world, divided into the western and eastern hemispheres.The continents are outlined and colored. There are numbers and letters on the land and water areas that correspond with information in the key, published separately from the map.
Cartographic Note: No scale Subject Note: In 1845, Second North School in Hartford, Connecticut, had a set Mitchell's Series of Outline Maps for use in the teaching of geography. In 1858, five Hartford school districts had outline maps, but it is not clear if these were Mitchell's maps or the products of some other map publisher. These maps appear to have been commonly used and it seems like that many other Hartford and Connecticut schools of this period had and used them.
Inscription: Recto, top center, printed in black ink: "No. 1 / Mitchell's Series / OF OUTLINE MAPS FOR / THE USE OF / ACADEMIES AND / SCHOOLS." Bottom center, printed in black ink: "Published by / MATHER, CASE, TIFFANY & BURNHAM. / Hartford." Bottom center, printed in black ink: "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1841 by S. Augustus Mitchell, in the Clerk's Office of the district court of the eastern district of Pennsylvania"
Object Number: 2012.312.222.1
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