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Auction 156, Lot 266

"Kentucky, Reduced from Elihu Barker's Large Map", Carey, Mathew

Subject: Kentucky

Period: 1795 (circa)

Publication: Carey's American Edition of Guthrie's Geography Improved

Color: Black & White

20.1 x 9.4 inches
51.1 x 23.9 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.

As noted in the title, this map is reduced version of Barker's map, which was also published by Mathew Carey. It is a detailed topographical map covering Kentucky with part of Tennessee (Tennassee Government). The area beyond the Kentucky border is called North Western Territory. Roads and trails are depicted in addition to early settlements and Indian villages. Several early counties are named, but not delineated. The eastern Kentucky boundary is shown following the west fork of the Big Sandy River instead of the east fork. Engraved by William Barker.

References: Wheat & Brun #642.

Condition: A

On watermarked paper with some minor extraneous creasing along the centerfold and a couple faint spots at far left.

Estimate: $750 - $900


Closed on 2/17/2016