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 handsome map of the South America includes several place names and good topographical detail. The mythical Lake Parime appears in a region labeled Andalusia in the northern part of the continent.
A nice impression in original outline color with a tiny hole below the centerfold, a few light spots, and a horizontal printer's crease. The top margin has been trimmed close to neatline, with a small portion trimmed away at top left.