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21. Henry Charles Carey & Isaac Lea. “Geographical, Statistical, and Historical Map of North Carolina” (Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1822). First edition. Published in A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. Double-page copperplate engraving with fine, bright, full original hand color. 11 x 18 3/4". Sheet size: 17 1/2 x 21 7/8" including letterpress text panel below map, presenting statistical information on the state. A few scattered spots, minor transference. Overall, fine with exceptional color.

Price: SOLD.

The American publishers Carey and Lea based their 1822 American Atlas on the Emmanuel Las Cases [pseudonym La Sage] Atlas Historique of 1803, in which the maps are surrounded by text documenting the history, climate, and population of the area depicted. Carey and Lea’s version is particularly known for its excellent early maps of the states and territories of the United States, many of which were drawn by Fielding Lucas, Jr., an important Baltimore cartographer. The present map of North Carolina is a Lucas engraving, beautifully printed and hand-colored according to counties. The map identifies only 62 of the present 100 counties in the state, and the westernmost counties are greatly oversized. The text below the map includes population information based on the 1820 census, as well as information on the climate, navigable rivers, chief towns, and the natural wonders of the state. The map presents a fascinating portrait of North Carolina in the early-nineteenth century. A most attractive regional map in excellent condition.

Ref.: Phillips, Atlases, 1373a.

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