Auction 117, Lot 183

"The Northwestern Territories of the United States", Carey, Mathew

Subject: Central 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.

A scarce and great map that covers the region from Michigan through Lake of the Woods and Lake Winnipeg. The Great Lakes are slightly distorted and include the spurious islands in Lake Superior including one named Phillipcaux I. The map names Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and the settlements of Detroit, Sandwich, Miami B., F. St. Claire, F. Dearborne, Chicago, and more. Illinois' northern border is here shown even with the top of Indiana at 42°, which places Chicago in the Northwestern Territory. Spurious mountain ranges are shown snaking across the territory and are engraved in hachure.


Condition: A

Good impression and original coloring. The plate was printed off center so the map has close margins at top and right side. A few light foxing spots near border, toned a little in upper margins, map is very good.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/6/2006