Mathew Carey. "New Jersey." From American Pocket Atlas.
Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1796. 7 1/4 x 5 3/4. Engraving by A. Doolittle, New Haven. Wear and worm hole at center fold, else, very good condition. Cf. Wheat & Brun, 416. First state.
An excellent map of New Jersey from Carey's American Pocket Atlas of 1796. This is the first state of one of the very early American maps of New Jersey; the second state was issued by Mathew Carey in 1801. Unlike many other cartographers of the day, Carey updated his maps in subsequent versions, and this eighteenth century example illustrates how the 1796 printing did not have information on the roads. However, by 1801, this had changed and Carey added copious and clear delineations of the many of the roads that traversed the state. Philadelphia, Fort Mifflin and New Castle are the only locales on the west bank of the Delaware River. He would subsequently add towns in New Jersey. True to his patriotic mission, the scale of miles is given in "American Miles." Overall this is an excellent American map of the Garden State.