Mathew Carey. “Chart of the World According to Mercators Projection shown the latest Discoveries of Capt. Cook.” Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1814. 14 /14 x 18 ¾. Engraving. Original outline hand color. Staining in map. Else, fine condition. As is.
A nice example of a map of the world with the voyages of Captain James Cook indicated by differing lines. This map is very similar to the one issued in Guthrie's Geography, and is one of earliest folio maps of the world printed in America. The map was published by Mathew Carey in 1814, and was from his General Atlas which represented the best American cartographic work of the period. 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 is a fine example of his output.