Fine example of the first state of Mathew Carey's map of Tennessee, published in Carey's American Atlas.
This is the first state of the map, issued in 1795 and distinguishable from the second state by the words "Tennassee Government" in the title, rather than Tennassee State.
An excellent topographical map, showing settlements, trails, roads, Indian boundaries and Indian Towns. Reference table also indicates that the width of rivers in yards are shown. The map was first advertised in conjunction with Carey's publication of Daniel Smith's A Short Description of the Tennassee Government… in 1793, but was not issued in that work and was first available as an insert to the work in January 1794. The map includes wonderful annotations concerning the soil, grass, timber and other details of Western Tennessee, the south boundary of a military reservation, the Kentucky Road etc. The boundaries of 8 early counties are also noted. An essential map for Tennessee collectors.
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.
The map is quite rare. This is the first time we have offered the map for sale in over 20 years.