CAREY, Mathew (1760-1839)
Carey's General Atlas
Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1800. Folio. (17 x 14 inches). 49 engraved maps, (including 26 double-page or folding, 'A Map of the part of the N.W. Territory of the United States' printed on heavy paper and coloured in outline in a contemporary hand.) (Occasional expert repairs to margins and folds).
Expertly bound to style in half russia over contemporary speckled paper-covered boards, the flat spine divided into six compartments by double gilt fillets, red morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment
Lovely copy of a rare edition of Carey's important and early General Atlas.
Carey's "American Atlas," printed in 1795 with 21 maps, was the first atlas printed in America. Carey's "General Atlas" was first published in 1796 with 45 maps. Most of the present atlas is devoted to the Americas with 27 of the 49 maps being of the region. Of the 27, the majority concern the United States and its territories, and incorporate the latest geographical knowledge available by what was to become one of the premier mapping firms in the United States. Two additional important maps, not included in the 1796 edition, are map 46 Seven Ranges of Townships... laid out by Congress and map 47 Part of the North Western Territory by Samuel Lewis, dated 1796.
Phillips Atlases 3535; not in Rumsey; cf. Sabin 10858.