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Mathew Carey. "Connecticut." From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1796. 7 1/2 x 5 3/4. Engraving by W. Barker. Cf. Wheat & Brun: 286.

A map from Carey's American Pocket Atlas of 1796. This is a significant, early atlas issued by Mathew Carey, the first American to specialize in cartographic publishing. Carey, an Irish immigrant, 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.

The Pocket Atlas contained 19 small folding maps of the different states and territories in the United States. Carey's maps contain the most accurate and detailed information on the country and he updated his maps for each edition of his atlas. For instance, in the 1801 and 1805 editions he added roads to many of his maps. $300

Lucas CT
Fielding Lucas, Jr. "Connecticut." From A New and Elegant General Atlas Containing Maps of each of the United States. Baltimore: F. Lucas, Jr., 1816. Folio. 8 1/4 x 10 3/4. Engraving. Full original hand color. Large margins. Fine condition.

A fine map by Baltimore cartographer, Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781- 1854). Lucas appears to have become involved in the publishing and book trade while a resident of Philadelphia from 1798 to 1804, when he moved to Baltimore. In 1807 Lucas joined Conrad, Lucas & Co., and then in 1810 he set up his own business at 138 Market Street. There Lucas first got involved in cartographic publishing with his New and Elegant General Atlas of 1816. In the second decade of the nineteenth century, through his Philadelphia contacts, Lucas was one of the major contributors to Carey & Lea's atlas of 1823. Concurrently with this involvement, Lucas brought out his own General Atlas, containing 104 maps of all parts of the world. Lucas, during his 50 years of residence in Baltimore, established himself as a prominent citizen of that city, serving as President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, President of the Board of School Commissioners, and as President of the Second Branch of the City Council. But it is for his important role in early American cartography that Lucas is best remembered. $300

"Connecticut." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. 12 1/4 x 15. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Very good condition.

For much of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the Mitchell firm dominated American cartography in output and influence. S. Augustus Mitchell Jr.'s maps of the 1860s are probably the best known issues of this firm, but his father's earlier efforts are excellent maps derived from H.S. Tanner's atlas of the 1830s. A statistical table about the states is included, as are insert maps of Hartford and New Haven. It is obvious from the quality and attractive appearance of this map why Mitchell's firm became so important. $275

"Map of Connecticut." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1851. 12 1/4 x 14 3/4. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original color. Paper time toned. Very good condition.

A strong and beautifully crafted map of Connecticut from the mid-nineteenth century, published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.. This firm took over the publication of S. Augustus Mitchell's important Universal Atlas in 1850, and they continued to produce up-dated maps that were amongst the best issued in the period. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, lakes and political borders. The Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. maps are especially known for their depiction of the transportation routes of the states, and this map is no exception. The transportation infrastructure was extremely important at this period of increased immigration and travel. This information is clearly depicted here, including rail lines, steamboat routes, canals and roads. Two inset maps are included, of Hartford and New Haven. $200

"County Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1867. 11 1/2 x 13 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Decorative border. Very good condition.

S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., of Philadelphia, was one of the largest map publishers of the middle of the nineteenth century. The firm was founded by his father, who from around the middle of the nineteenth century issued atlases and maps of all parts of the world in all formats. The Mitchell atlases contained up-to-date maps which were as attractive as they were accurate. With its bold hand-color, decorative borders, and interesting information from this interesting period of American history, this is a fine example of the Mitchell firm's output. $125

Frank A. Gray. "Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut," with inset map "Environs of Boston." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray, 1875. 15 1/4 x 25 1/4. Long Island Sound portion of map extends beyond frame line into bottom margin. Lithograph, engraved on stone by J.M. Atwood. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A nicely detailed map showing counties, towns, canals, roads, railroads & topography by the Philadelphia firm of O.W. Gray and Son. The firm began its publishing around mid-century and published regional and U.S. atlases up to the 1880s. This map is typical of their work, and its attractive presentation and interesting detail make it a nice example of late nineteenth century Philadelphia cartography. $135

Southern New England
W.H. Gamble. "County and Township Map of the States of Massachusetts Connecticut and Rhode Island." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1880. 14 1/4 x 21 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. 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 southern New England in 1880, a period when this area was booming economically and socially. Railroads, clearly shown, criss-cross the entire region, especially in and out of Boston. Also, towns, rivers, roads and other topographical information are clearly shown, and the counties shaded with contrasting pastel shades. $125

"Connecticut." Chicago: George Cram, ca.1890. 9 1/2 x 13. Cereograph. Very good condition. $25

"Connecticut." New York: Rand McNally, 1901. 9 1/4 x 12 1/2. Cereograph. Very good condition. $50

"Popular Map of Connecticut." New York: Rand McNally, ca. 1910. 9 1/4 x 12 1/2. Cereograph. Very good condition. $50


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