Sale 610 Lot 42

* CAREY, Matthew. Carey's American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: for Matthew Carey by Lang and Ustick, 1796.

12mo (168 x 100 mm). 19 engraved folding maps. (Map of the United States with short tear repaired and a few minor splits at folds, a few other minor splits to a few other maps, some browning or offsetting.) Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, smooth spine gilt (joints starting, chipping to head and foot of spine with some losses, some creasing to spine, rubbed).

FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST AMERICAN POCKET ATLAS, with maps engraved by William Barker, Joseph H. Seymour, and Amos Doolittle, including a general map of the United States, as well as maps of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the Northwest Territory, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. Carey reissued the work in 1801, 1805, and 1814. COMPLETE COPIES OF THIS WORK ARE RARE AT AUCTION: according to online records, only 4 complete copies have appeared on the market in the last 40 years. Evans 30161; Howes C-137; Phillips 1364; Sabin 10856.


Estimate $8,000-12,000

Provenance: William Adamson (signature dated 1797); Nimrod Owings (signatures on title-page and first leaf of Maryland section); notes on blank leaf in an early hand calculating the distance of a route to from Richmond to Charleston.







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