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Auction 132, Lot 50

"A Map of the Countries Situate about the North Pole, as far as the 50th Degree of North Latitude", Carey, Mathew

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1799 (circa)

Publication: General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

9.3 x 9.5 inches
23.6 x 24.1 cm

This is the first map of the North Pole published by an American cartographer. The map illustrates information from the late eighteenth century explorations in the Canadian north by Hearne and Mackenzie. Mathew Carey was one of the most important figures in early American cartography. He established the first specialized cartographic publishing firm and set up an elaborate system of craftsmen for engraving, printing, coloring and distributing his maps.

References: Wheat & Brun #915.

Condition: B+

Original outline color with some toning and minor offsetting.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/2/2010