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Auction 198, Lot 137

"Georgia, from the Latest Authorities", Carey, Mathew

Subject: Southern United States, Georgia

Period: 1795 (published)

Publication: Carey's American Atlas of Guthrie's Geography

Color: Hand Color

15.7 x 9 inches
39.9 x 22.9 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 scarce and significant map covers from the Atlantic seaboard to the Mississippi River; present-day Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. There is good topographical information particularly in the eastern section, where early counties in Georgia are named and their boundaries given. The interior is labeled Country of the Creek Nation of Indians with several other tribes located and the notation These Parts are little known. Several Creek and Cherokee villages are located and the trading paths to the interior are shown. This is the first state with no page number in the plate.

References: Wheat & Brun #611; Phillips (Maps) p. 296.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression, issued folding on a bright sheet with a Strasbourg lily watermark. There is minor foxing, a faint dampstain at top right, and pieces of masking tape in the far corners of the sheet on verso, which have stained through the paper on recto.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $800

Closed on 6/19/2024