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Morse Carolinas
J. Denison. "Map of North and South Carolina." From Jedidiah Morse's The American Universal Geography. Boston: Thomas & Andrews, June, 1796. 7 1/2 x 9 1/4. Engraving by A. Doolittle. Full margins. Very good condition. Wheat & Brun: 585.

A fine engraved map of the states of North and South Carolina. This map was from Jedidiah Morse's Geography, one of the first American publications of its kind. Morse, the father of Samuel F.B. Morse, established himself in the 1780s as one of the leading producers of American maps. Amos Doolittle, the engraver, is one of the great names in patriotic publishing, especially during the Revolution. The map is of interest because of its early detail, including towns, counties, lakes, streams and other topographical information. Also shows are indications of chapels, court houses, meeting houses, and dwelling houses. An excellent early American map, one of only a few of the states issued in the 18th century. $425

Mathew Carey. "North Carolina." From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1801. 5 3/4 x 7 5/8. Engraving by W. Barker. Cf. Wheat & Brun: 584, state IIa. Full hand color.

An excellent map of North Carolina from Carey's American Pocket Atlas of 1801. This is the second state of one of the very early American maps of North Carolina; the first state was issued by Mathew Carey in 1796. Unlike many other cartographers of the day, Carey updated his maps in subsequent versions, and this 1801 example from the Pocket Atlas is a good example of this. In 1796 either Carey did not have information on the roads, or he thought it not important. However, by 1801, this had changed and Carey added clear delineations of the roads in the state. He also must have received new information on some towns, for a number are newly added to this edition. A single rule line is under the name of the state. Overall this is an excellent American map of the state. $325

Arrowsmith: North Carolina 1805
Aaron Arrowsmith. "North Carolina." With an inset of "Western Part of North Carolina." From A New and Elegant General Atlas. Boston: Thomas & Andrews, 1805. By Aaron Arrowsmith and Samuel Lewis. 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 (neat lines) plus margins. Engraving by Tanner. Ref.: G. Williams, Tar Heel Maps, pp. 42-3. Excellent condition.

An uncolored map of the state of North Carolina as it appeared to contemporaries at the beginning of the 19th century. The European maps from this atlas are the work of Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1833), an Englishman who was the foremost cartographer of his period, and the American maps were chiefly derived from work by the American Samuel Lewis. Counties, towns, rivers and roads are noted; however, this is the only map to record Glasgow County at the head waters of the Neuse River because the name was soon changed to Greene County after the Revolutionary War hero. An excellent, early map. $450

Mathew Carey. "North Carolina." From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1814. 5 1/2 x 7 3/8. Engraving by J. Bower. Cf. Wheat & Brun: 584, a much later state than those listed. A fifth edition. See: Gregory Williams, Tar Heel Maps, p.39.

This is the fifth state of one of the very early American maps of North Carolina; the first printing was issued by Mathew Carey in 1796. Unlike many other cartographers of the day, Carey updated his maps in subsequent versions, and this 1814 example from the Pocket Atlas is a good example. In 1796 Carey did not have information on the roads; however, by 1801, he added clear delineations of the roads in the state, as well as a number of new towns. By the 1805 edition, Carey added more roads. In 1813 an entirely new plate was engraved, and an inset gives improved details on western North Carolina and labels Tennessee. The added detail to this last state is a road from Greenville to Glasgow. Overall this is an excellent and scarce American map of the state. $450

Fielding Lucas, Jr. "North Carolina." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1827. 11 x 18 3/8 (map); 16 1/2 x 20 1/4 (full sheet). Engraving by Kneass. Full hand color. Very good condition.

In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases' Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. He considered himself an American foil to John Stuart Mill and the London economists who were proclaimers of "the gloomy science" influenced by Ricardo and Malthus. Instead of preaching overpopulation and degeneration of the human species, Carey illustrated the nations of the western hemisphere through maps that showed an expanding region with ample promise of developing into lands of great new opportunity and growth. The sheets from this atlas, which cover North America, Central America, South America and the West Indies, are comprised of an engraved map surrounded by text documenting the history, climate, population and so forth of the area depicted. The atlas is particularly known for its excellent early maps of the states and territories of the United States. This map of North Carolina reflects the best possible cartographic information of the state that was available at the time. The impressive development of the state is graphically illustrated, with towns, roads and settled counties established throughout. The counties are colored with bright washes, and the whole impression is very attractive. This is a nice verbal and graphic picture of North Carolina in 1827. $625

Bradford South East
Thomas G. Bradford. "North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: Wm. B. Ticknor, 1835. 7 5/8 x 10. Engraving. Original outline color. Some light spotting. Otherwise, very good condition.

A nice map of the American southeast from Boston publisher and cartographer, Thomas G. Bradford (1802-1887). Issued in 1835, Bradford's Atlas contained maps of the different United States and other parts of the world, based on the most up-to-date information available at the time. Towns, rivers, lakes, and some orography are depicted. Counties are named and indicated with original outline color. Because Bradford continued to update his maps as he issued them in different volumes, this political information is very interesting for historic purposes. This is a good representation of American cartography in the fourth decade of the nineteenth century and an interesting document of regional history. $135

Thomas G. Bradford. "North Carolina." From Samuel G. Goodrich's A General Atlas of the World. Boston: C.D. Strong, [1838-]1842. 11 1/4 x 14 1/8. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Minor repaired cracks. Otherwise, very good condition.

An attractive and early map of North Carolina by Thomas Bradford. This map was first issued in the 1838 edition of Bradford's atlas, but this example appeared in Samuel Goodrich's atlas from 1841. The map shows North Carolina before mid-century, and it demonstrates the social and political situation at the time. Counties are named and indicated in contrasting shades, and rivers, lakes, and towns are precisely depicted. Also shown is the transportation network in the east, and extending northward into Virginia. Overall, this is a nice picture of the state near the middle of the nineteenth century. $350

Mitchell North Carolina
S.A. Mitchell. "A New Map of North. Carolina with its canals, roads & distances." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand color. 11 1/2 x 13 3/4. With insets of the "Gold Region" and the area around New Bern. Toned paper and oxidized color. Otherwise, very good condition.

A striking map of North Carolina. Samuel Augustus Mitchell was one of the leading American cartographers of the mid-nineteenth century. His maps recorded excellent contemporary information, such as the developing canals, railroads, harbors, and industry throughout the state. The inset of the "Gold Region" shows the area around present-day Charlotte which housed a branch of the U.S. Mint because of the gold mines which are located on the map. This mint was closed by the Federal government after the War between the States. The inset showing the region around New Bern reflects interest in the largest harbor in the state, and that situation would change as ships became larger and Wilmington became the more prosperous port due to deeper waters and a major railroad. The "Table of Distances" shows the distances by steamboat between: New Berne and Wilmington, New Berne and Elizabeth City and Elizabeth City and Norfolk, Virginia. The "Profile of the Dismal Swamp Canal" depicts one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the state. $325

"Johnson's North and South Carolina." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862-3. 17 x 24. Lithograph. Full original hand-color. Very good condition. With vignettes of "Chimney Rocks and French Broad River" and "Table Mountain" plus an inset "Plan of Charleston Vicinity and Harbor." With decorative border. Chip into decorative border, else very good condition.

An attractive map from A. J. Johnson's atlas issued early in the Civil War. Johnson, who published out of New York City, was one of the leading cartographic publishers in the latter half of the century, producing popular atlases, geographies and so on. This finely detailed map is a good example of Johnson's work. Counties, towns, roads, rail lines, rivers and lakes are shown throughout. Of particular note is the extensive road and rail network in the states that would be come so important in the forthcoming conflict, as well as the rendering of Charleston Harbor where the fighting would commence. The clear presentation of cartographic information and the warm hand coloring make this an attractive as well as interesting historical document. $150

"County Map of North Carolina,"/"County Map of South Carolina," with inset "Map of Charleston Harbor,"/"County Map of Florida." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., 1866. 13 7/8 x 11 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Decorative border. Spots in western Florida and into Gulf; else very good condition.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell Sr. dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases, and it shows the Carolinas and Florida in the mid-1860s, shortly after the Civil War. Towns, rivers, roads and other topographical information are clearly shown, and the counties are shaded with contrasting pastel colors. A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive and historically interesting mid-nineteenth century map. $185

Arbuckle North Carolina
"North Carolina." New York: Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company, 1889. Ca. 3 x 5. Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers. Very good condition.

From a delightful series of maps issued by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company. This firm was founded by John and Charles Arbuckle of Pittsburgh, PA. They developed a machine to weigh, fill, seal and label coffee in paper packages, which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world. Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing of several series of small, colorful trading cards, one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle's Coffee. These series included cards with sports, food, historic scenes, and--one of the most popular--maps. The latter cards included not only a map, but also small illustrations "which portrays the peculiarities of the industry, scenery, etc." of the region depicted. These cards are a delight, containing informative maps as well as wonderful scenes of the area mapped. $65


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