An important map of Tennessee, a turn of the century edition of the first American made map of the territory. The map was issued by Mathew Carey, the first American cartographic publisher, and one of the seminal figures in early American cartography. This map was originally printed to accompany Daniel Smith's book on Tennessee (1793) beginning around 1794, and was also inserted in Carey's edition of Guthrie's Geography Improved up to 1800. Carey, an Irish immigrant, established the first American specialized cartographic publishing firm. He set up an elaborate cottage system of craftsmen for engraving, printing, and coloring his maps utilizing the best independent artists directed to a common end. Carey is important, then, not only for the excellent maps he produced, but for his setting the pattern for American map publishing, to be followed by the likes of John Melish and Henry S. Tanner.
This map shows Tennessee as it was just after it became a state. Carey's map was the first map of Tennessee to be based on actual surveys, mostly the work of General Daniel Smith. Smith was one of the Virginia members on the 1779-80 Virginia-North Carolina border commission. Shortly after this he moved to Tennessee, where he spent the remainder of his life. The map contains much interesting information. Rivers, mountains, wilderness "Public Roads," and the few white settlements in the territory are shown. Also shown are towns and lands of the native Americans. The second state of the map was the first to show the first eight counties in 1796, and this third state merely adds the engraved number "41" to the upper right corner outside the neat lines. Overall, a most desirable map of Tennessee interest. $2,400
Mathew Carey. "The State of Tennessee." Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1814. 9 5/8 x 20 1/2. Engraving. Original outline color. Full margins. A few light spots on centerfold. A small replaced section in bottom right corner, far from printed surface. Otherwise, very good condition.
Published just after the War of 1812, this map is from Carey's Atlas and it is an improved depiction of the state over the Smith map Carey had used in earlier versions. It shows the state at a very early date in its development, before the great flood of settlement of the later nineteenth century and at a time when much of the state was wilderness inhabited primarily by Indians. Rivers, towns, trails and roads are shown throughout, though development is quite sparse. The state is broken into twelve counties, with about half the state given over to Cherokee Territory. An attractive and significant map. $1,500
Mathew Carey. "The State of Tennessee." Philadelphia: M. Carey & Son, 1818. 9 5/8 x 20 1/2. Engraving. Original outline color. Full margins. Some minor spots. Some pencil marks in margins. Overall, very good condition.
Carey's map of Tennessee issued four years later than that above. $1,500
Thomas G. Bradford. "Tennessee." From A Universal Illustrated Atlas. Boston: Chares D. Strong., -1842. 11 1/4 x 14 1/4. Engraving by G.W. Boynton. Original hand color. Very good condition.
An attractive and early map of Tennessee by Thomas Bradford. This map was first issued in the 1838 edition of Bradford's atlas, and this example was published four years later. The map shows Tennessee 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. The transportation network at the time was not well developed, and this map shows only two railroads: one in the east originating in Asheville, North Carolina, and one in the west originating in Memphis. Overall, this is a nice picture of Tennessee near the middle of the nineteenth century. $395
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