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An Early American Map of the Old Northwest.

Rare full original publisher's color example of the rare 1814 edition of Mathew Carey's map of the old Northwest.

The map reflects a very early appearance of Michigan Territory (organized 1805), which had not yet appeared separately on any map. The Upper Peninsula is still not part of Michigan Territory.

The appearance of Illinois (organized in 1809) and Indiana (organized 1800) are among the earliest on a printed map. Illinois is pushed considerably west of its true location. Chicago is part of the Northwest Territory above Illinois, and noted as US Land, a vestige of its acquisition in the Treaty of Grenville. There are settlements along the Mississippi, but none in the interior of Illinois.

Indiana includes some settlements, most notably the Fort Wayne and Ouiatenon lands, again first acquired as part of the Treaty of Grenville. Ft. S. Clare is shown on Lake Huron, along with Detroit. Ohio is similarly sparsely populated. An important map of the region.

Carey published his American Atlas in 1795, which became the first folio atlas published in America. He later issued General Atlases in 1796 and after. In 1814, he became the first American publisher to offer hand coloring in outline.  Full original color examples are known to exist, but extremely rare.

Condition Description
Engraving on 19th-century laid paper. Original publisher's hand-coloring. Minor foxing and toning throughout, as shown.
Karpinski 27; Karrow 1:0789.