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Auction 174, Lot 164

"Georgia", Carey, Mathew

Subject: Southern United States, Georgia

Period: 1801 (circa)

Publication: Carey's American Pocket Atlas

Color: Black & White

7.4 x 5.8 inches
18.8 x 14.7 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 map of Georgia shows its boundary extending to the Mississippi River with New Orleans and Mobile located in West Florida. Carey first published the map in 1796, and this second state includes the addition of important roads and place names primarily along the coastline including Elberton. Mountains are identified in the north and west and the Okenfonoko Swamp is located along the border with East Florida. Engraved by William Barker.

References: Wheat & Brun #613.

Condition: B+

A dark impression with an edge tear at top that extends 1.5" into the image and has been closed on verso with archival material. Light foxing along the upper centerfold.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/11/2019