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Mathew Carey. "Rhode Island." From American Pocket Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1796. 7 1/2 x 5 3/4. Engraving by W. Barker. Cf. Wheat & Brun: 253.

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



Samuel Lewis. "Rhode Island." From A New and Elegant General Atlas by Aaron Arrowsmith and Samuel Lewis. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Petersburg and Norfolk, 1804. 9 3/4 x 8. Engraving by Lawson. Minor spotting throughout. Otherwise, very good condition.

The maps from this atlas were the work of Aaron Arrowsmith, one of the foremost cartographers of his era, and Samuel Lewis, one of the leaders in the nascent American cartographic field. This map of Rhode Island is a fine example of Lewis' output. Detail of the settlement in the state, along with topographical information is neatly portrayed. Roads and counties are also shown. A fine example of some of the best American cartography of the period. $250



"County Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1861. 11 1/2 x 13 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Decorative floral 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



"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



"Massachusetts and Rhode Island." Chicago: George Cram, ca. 1885. 13 1/2 x 20. Cereograph. Very good condition. $75



"Connecticut and Rhode Island." New York: Rand McNally, 1906. 12 3/8 x 20 1/2. Cereograph. Upper right margin corner chipped not affecting image. Else, very good condtion. $65




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