CAREY, Mathew (1760-1839)
Carey's General Atlas
Philadelphia: Published by Mathew Carey, May 1, 1796. Folio. (14 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches). Letterpress title, 44 (of 45) engraved maps, lacking the large-scale map of the United States by Samuel Lewis, as usual. (Some foxing and staining, a few separations at folds).
Contemporary sheep-backed marbled paper covered boards (worn, spine split)
An important early American atlas.
"Following the Revolution, there was considerable activity in the United States by American mapmakers and publishers. One of them, Mathew Carey, was a pioneer in producing cartographic works ... In 1795 Carey published The General Atlas for Carey's Edition of Guthrie's Geography Improved . William Guthrie's popular textbook was originally issued in London in 1770 ... The sixteen maps of American states included ... were reprinted with five others in his American Atlas , which was also published in 1795 ... The engravers of the maps in both atlases were Barker, Scott, James Thackara, and John Vallance, all of Philadelphia, Samuel Hill of Boston, Amos Doolittle of New Haven, and Benjamin Tanner of New York" (Ristow).
Carey's 1796 General Atlas which followed, i.e. the present atlas, contained the same maps as the 1795 Guthrie Atlas, but without mention of Guthrie on the title and with the significant addition of Samuel Lewis's large map of the United States which had not been completed in time for the Guthrie Atlas. However, that map is nearly always lacking from the atlas, as here.
The maps comprise 2 world maps (one double-hemispheric, one Mercator projection), 20 maps of Europe, Africa and Asia, 20 maps of American interest (18 of North America, plus a map of South America and a map of West Indies), a polar projection of the Arctic and a map of the Northern Pacific.
Evans 30162; Phillips Atlases 683; Sabin 10858.