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Stock# m0124
Description

Nice early example of the first edition, second state of Mathew Carey's map of the Seven Ranges, published in Carey's American Atlas and General Atlas in 1800.

Carey's American Atlas was the first atlas published in the United States, compiling a number of excellent maps from indigenous sources in the first compilation of American maps. This map was engraved by William Barker, and is based upon Thomas Hutchins Survey of 1785. Hutchins, the first (and only) Geographer of the United States, whose survey of lands into ranges and townships became the standard system in the US and elsewhere. The first effort to survey the lands began in 1785, but was abandoned due to Indian hostilities and was resumed with Military escort in 1786. Hutchins personally oversaw the survey of the first four ranges. The Lands of the Ohio Company are noted along with other points of considerable historical imporance.

The map was first issued separately in 1796 and Thereafter in editions of Carey's American and General Atlases. This example is a dark rich strike, with wide clean margins. An essential map for Ohio collectors and of tremendous importance in the history of American Cartography.

Reference
Wheat & Brun 676, 677.