John Cary. “A New Map of Part of the United States of North America, Containing those of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.”
London: J. Cary, 1812. 18 x 20 1/2 neat lines. Engraving. Full original color. Full margins. Faint browning along center. Very good condition.
A striking map of much of the early United States by John Cary. Historically, cartographic dominance has followed economic and military dominance, and the period at the beginning of the nineteenth century saw Great Britain dominant in all three areas. The British maps of this period were of excellent quality, with crisp engraving and lovely hand coloring. Topographic information tended to be quite current and well presented. Of the British cartographers at this time, John Cary was amongst the most respected. This map is good evidence of the quality of his work. The map depicts an area from lower Canada down to the borders of Virginia on the south and west. Details are given of rivers, towns, roads, and mountains. The fine engraving and careful differentiation in coloring help to impart the wealth of cartographic information. Altogether, a fascinating map from the transition period between the early surveys of the eighteenth century and the American regional mapping of the following decades.