Auction 137, Lot 237

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

Subject: Central United States

Period: 1812 (circa)


Color: Black & White

9.8 x 7.8 inches
24.9 x 19.8 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 map 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. The northern border of Illinois is shown level with the top of Indiana at 42°, which places Chicago in the Northwestern Territory. Spurious mountain ranges, engraved in hachure, are shown snaking across the territory.


Condition: B+

Nice dark impression with a few small repairs made on verso. There is also some faint soiling which does not distract.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/14/2011