Auction 117, Lot 169

"The Southern States and Missisippi Territory", Carey, Mathew

Subject: Southern United States

Period: 1812 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.6 x 7.6 inches
24.4 x 19.3 cm

Mathew Carey was a seminal figure in early American publishing; establishing the first publishing firm to specialize in cartography and issuing the first atlas devoted exclusively to American maps. He set up an elaborate cottage system of craftsmen for compiling, engraving, printing, and coloring maps. This practice was emulated by later American cartographic publishers such as John Melish and Henry S. Tanner. The American Atlas concept was also adopted by other publishers in both the United States and Europe.

This is a scarce map that covers current-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and northern Florida. The oversized Mississippi Territory includes today's Alabama, thus stretching to the Mississippi River. The Florida Panhandle is designated as West Florida. The area west of the Mississippi is Louisiana. Lovely delicate coloring.


Condition: B

Map is mostly very good with just a few light spots in lower blank areas. Plate was printed off center resulting in a very close lower margin that is inside the plate mark, but 1/4" away from border.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/6/2006