Auction 151, Lot 288

"South Carolina", Carey, Mathew

Subject: South Carolina

Period: 1801 (published)

Publication: Carey's American Pocket Atlas

Color: Black & White

7.8 x 5.9 inches
19.8 x 15 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 the second state of this delicately engraved map of the Palmetto State with the addition of roads and new place names. It details topographical features, watershed, towns, and villages. As is typical of maps of South Carolina from this era, the state appears in a strange, elongated shape due to the use of an exaggerated north and south scale. Four Holes Swamp is identified north of Charleston, and there are two Greenvilles, one above black Creek, the other below Reedy River. Engraved by Doolittle.

References: Wheat & Brun #603.

Condition: B+

There is one tiny hole and a couple of short separations along the centerfold that have been closed on verso with archival tape. An edge tear at bottom that just enters the neatline has also been closed with archival tape, and there is light toning, mostly concentrated along the centerfold. There are two chips in the right blank margin, away from image.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $85

Closed on 11/19/2014