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Auction 95, Lot 409

"Carey's General Atlas, Improved and Enlarged: Being a Collection of Map of the World and Quarters, Their Principal Empires, Kingdoms, &c…", Carey, Mathew

Subject: Atlas

Period: 1814 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

11.5 x 17.5 inches
29.2 x 44.5 cm

Two atlases bound together. Complete 1st edition of Carey's atlas with all 58 maps present, title page with list of maps, and Prefatory Remarks. Bound together with "The English Pilot. Part III. Describing the Sea-Coasts, Capes, Head-Lands, Bays, Roads, Harbours, Rivers and Ports, Together with the Soundings, Sands, Rocks, and Dangers in the Whole Mediterranean Sea…" for W. and F. Mount and T. Page, M,DCC,L. Unrelated full page (17"x10") Olney map of the U.S. map dated 1828 is bound in front of Carey's title page. All of the Carey maps in mostly very good condition with good color and very little, if any, foxing and occasional toning at centerfold. Exceptions are few but include: surface soiling of NY & PA maps; KY, LA, St. Dominque and Peru foxed; Poland and France with clean splits in lower portion; and Italy with clean split thought 75% of map. A few maps with pencil marks in margin. The English Pilot appears to be complete with title page, large (44x18.5") folding map titled "A Correct Chart of the Mediterranean Sea from the Coast of Portugal to the Levant." The other 17 maps are double page sheets that cover the region shown in the first map. No text present, but a few small maps with portions of text are bound at back. Uncertain if they were originally part of this set as Phillips does not list the maps. These sea charts are on thick hand-laid paper and are in generally good condition. Variously some with surface soiling, a couple trimmed close to neatline. All with rhumb lines, compass roses and decorative cartouches. This 1750 edition of Part III is not mentioned in Phillips, but the title page exactly matches except F. Mount is added. It may be that 2 maps by John Gaudy may have been added from the 1736 edition as they don't exactly match the other 16 in style. They are "A New Chart of the Archipelago Corrected by Ion. Gaudy" and "A Large Chart of…Port of Maon on the Island Minorca…" Paper covered boards and end papers are very rough with original owner script on inside cover. Red leather spine. A terrific find for the atlas collector.


Condition: B

Estimate: $16,000 - $20,000


Closed on 6/13/2001