Auction 147, Lot 240

"The State of South Carolina: from the Best Authorities", Lewis/Carey

Subject: South Carolina

Period: 1795 (dated)

Publication: Carey's American Atlas

Color: Black & White

17.4 x 15.4 inches
44.2 x 39.1 cm

This is the first state of this fascinating map of South Carolina that came from the first atlas of America published in America. The topography of the state is shown in fine detail, as are precincts, towns, waterways, and roads. As a result of the distorted scale of the latitude measurements, the state appears stretched from north to south. In addition, the northwest border with Georgia extends Carolina farther west than is accurate. Two of the most influential names in American cartography were Samuel Lewis and Mathew Carey. Samuel Lewis was a celebrated draftsman and cartographer who learned his trade from the prominent English cartographer Aaron Arrowsmith. Engraved by William Barker.

References: Phillips (A) #1362-3; Wheat & Brun #601.

Condition: B+

There are centerfold separations at top and bottom, as well as a slight tear just entering the neatline, all of which have been professionally repaired. There are also two tiny pinholes, an extraneous crease, and a small stain at left.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200


Closed on 11/20/2013