Auction 117, Lot 292

"North Carolina", Carey, Mathew

Subject: North Carolina

Period: 1814 (circa)

Publication: American Pocket Atlas

Color: Black & White

7.5 x 5.6 inches
19.1 x 14.2 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 well engraved copper plate map that details towns and villages, watershed, topography, and the extensive wagon road system of the day. At lower left is an inset map of the western portion of the state of Tennessee. Longitude is shown from London and Philadelphia. Boldly engraved by J. Bower.


Condition: B

Nice impression with original margins. A little scattered foxing evident in blank areas.

Estimate: $180 - $240

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/6/2006