Rare early regional map of Sumter District, South Carolina, from Robert Mills' highly important atlas of the state.
Mills' 1825 Atlas Of The State Of South Carolina, Made Under The Authority Of The Legislature; Prefaced With A Geographical, Statistical And Historical Map Of The State . . . . is the first state atlas published in America (Fielding Lucas Jr. of Baltimore was the publisher, with the maps made by Tanner in Philadelphia). The atlas was reissued with slight revisions in 1838. Tanner engraved the district maps and Lucas engraved the state map on the title page.
Rumsey notes that "the District maps are very detailed showing landowners, taverns, churches, mills, roads and some distances along the roads, swamps, mountains - all in the finest Tanner style of engraving."
Robert Mills was born in Charleston in 1781. Mills served as state architect for South Carolina, designing the Lunatic Asylum and many local courthouses, and later won the contest to design the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. The atlas, made for the South Carolina State Legislature, contains 28 district maps and a state map, made from a state-sponsored survey of all the districts.