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Auction 166, Lot 163

"Mississippi Territory", Carey, Mathew

Subject: Mississippi & Alabama

Period: 1814 (circa)

Publication: General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

13.9 x 11.8 inches
35.3 x 30 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 early map of Mississippi Territory covers the region of present-day Mississippi and Alabama. At the extreme northwest corner of the map is Fort Pickering on Chickasaw Bluff, near the future site of Memphis. Numerous Indian tribes and villages are located along with a few early settlements and forts. Indian trails and early roads are shown.


Condition: B+

A strong impression on watermarked paper with light, uneven toning. A centerfold separation confined to the bottom blank margin has been closed on verso with archival materials.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 2/14/2018