Auction 170, Lot 194

"The Southern States and Missisippi Territory", Carey & Warner

Subject: Southern United States

Period: 1814 (circa)

Publication: A General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

Size:
9.5 x 7.7 inches
24.1 x 19.6 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 a scarce map that covers current-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and northern Florida. The oversized Mississippi Territory includes today's Alabama, thus stretching to the Mississippi River. Political boundaries are circa 1812, as the Mobile district along the Gulf of Mexico is not yet annexed to the Mississippi Territory. The Florida Panhandle is designated as West Florida, while the area west of the Mississippi River is Louisiana. Rumsey (#4864) is an uncolored edition of this map, published in 1816 by Mathew Carey and Benjamin Warner, although an 1814 edition at Yale is also noted. Rumsey attributes this map, along with the other regional maps in A General Atlas, to Warner.

References: Rumsey #4864.009.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression issued folding, now flat, with light soiling and a narrow bottom margin. There is a tiny fold separation that just enters the neatline at bottom.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $240

Closed on 11/14/2018

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