Matthew Carey. "Pennsylvania." from Carey's American Pocket Atlas.
Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1801. 5 3/4 x 7 1/2. Engraving. With margins and folds as issued. Very good condition.
A map from the second edition of Carey's American Pocket Atlas, published in 1801. 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.