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Auction 163, Lot 277

"Georgia", Carey, Mathew

Subject: Georgia

Period: 1813 (published)

Publication: American Pocket Atlas...

Color: Black & White

5.9 x 7.8 inches
15 x 19.8 cm
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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 small and handsome copper engraved map shows the state of Georgia with good detail of place names. It is from the rare 1813 edition of Carey's important pocket atlas. The map details towns and villages, watershed, topography, and wagon roads. It also identifies Indian tribes and several beaver dams. Longitude is shown from London and Philadelphia.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #1370-19.

Condition: B+

A fine impression issued folding with light toning, a small spot just above the neatline at bottom, and a minor damp stain that just enters the map image at bottom left.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/14/2017