Auction 117, Lot 319

"Tennessee", Carey, Mathew

Subject: Tennessee

Period: 1814 (circa)

Publication: American Pocket Atlas

Color: Hand Color

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 wagon roads. The map extends to include parts of Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. The pocket atlas edition maps do not show counties. Longitude is shown from London and Philadelphia. The engraver is not credited on this map.


Condition: B

Dark impression with original close margins, as issued. Toned along centerfold.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 12/6/2006