Auction 124, Lot 158

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

Subject: Southern United States, Mississippi

Period: 1812 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 7.5 inches
24.1 x 19.1 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 an uncommon map that covers current-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and northern Florida. The oversized Mississippi Territory includes today's Alabama. The Spanish possession of East and West Florida are shown.


Condition: B+

An attractive example with nice coloring. There is a nearly invisible damp stain in the upper right corner. The lower margin has a couple short repaired tears, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 5/7/2008