Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1822.
Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 11 7/8" x 10", image plus text measures 16.5" x 20 5/8".
Rare double page map of Tennessee divided into counties. Shows towns, major routes, waterways and topography. Extensive information pertaining to history, climate and culture surrounds map. From "A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas...". Foxing throughout entire sheet, as is common with this map due to its placement in the atlas. Priced as is.
The Philadelphia-based firm of Carey & Lea of Philadelphia was one of the most important publishers in the early 19th-century United States. Run by Mathew Carey (1760-1839) and Isaac Lea (1792-1886), the company worked with both books and maps, specializing particularly in political commentary. Their "Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas," first published in 1822, contained some of the earliest maps of western states being admitted to the Union, accompanied by extension information about those states. As a result, their maps provides an invaluable window into the country's history.