The first American Atlas appeared in 1795. Published in Philadelphia, it was the work of Mathew Carey, and included 21 engraved folding double-page and single-page maps. Swann Galleries will offer a copy at their sale of Maps, Atlases, Natural History, and Historical Prints auction in New York on December 8th, when it’s expected to sell for $15,000-$25,000.
Another featured item in the sale is an early engraved map of New Jersey in the revolutionary war period. Following a 1769 survey, its author, William Faden, divided the state into east and west “Jerseys. Printed in London in 1777, it carries an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.