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Details 1814 Carey / Gridley Map of Kentucky
1814 (undated) $800.00

1814 Carey Map of Kentucky

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1814 Carey Map of Kentucky



  1814 (undated)     11 x 19 in (27.94 x 48.26 cm)     1 : 1520640


This is an attractive 1814 map of the state of Kentucky by Matthew Carey. It covers the entire state noting counties and region in outline color. The map also notes rivers, creeks, towns, roads, mountains and a host of additional geographical features. The map was engraved by Enoch G. Gridley and issued as plate no. 21 in the 1814 edition of Carey's General Atlas. The 1814 edition of the atlas was the first atlas made in the United States to use standard color on maps.


Matthew Carey (January 28, 1760 - September 16, 1839) was a Dublin born publisher who established himself in Philadelphia in the late 18th and early 19th century. A young man of socially progressive views, Carey's first known publication, produced when he was but 17 years old, was a pamphlet criticizing dueling. Another pamphlet, issued in the same year, attacked the Irish penal code. Shortly afterwards, in 1779, legal issues, possibly arising from his liberal political activism, forced Carey to flee to Paris. In Paris, Carey had the good fortune to befriend the visiting American diplomat and founding father, Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790). As an Irishman chafing under the rule of England, Carey sympathized with and admired the American revolutionary. The liberally minded pair struck up a lifelong friendship and Carey was hired to work at Franklin's press in Passy, France. A year later, Carey returned to Ireland and resumed his politically provocative publishing career with The Freemans's Journal and The Volunteer's Journal. It didn't take long for political pressure to once again force Carey from Ireland - this time to America (1784). Although largely without funds, Carey convinced Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757 - 1834), who he knew from Franklin's Paris circle, to lend him funds to establish a new publishing concern in Philadelphia. Despite this loan, Carey's firm remained under financed and opened on a shoestring budget. It was most likely his limited budget that led Carey to some of his most important publishing innovations. At the time cartographic publishing was dominated by large printing houses in London and Paris where most, if not all, of the work was completed in house. Without the finances to emulate this large publishing houses, Carey was forced to outsource much of his publishing work. This set the stage for subsequent American publishers who, in order to compete effectively with European firms, relied on an often bewildering network of alliances and collaborations. Carey was also a master of republishing many of his own maps in multiple different atlases and formats to maximize their profitability. His most important work is without a doubt the 1795 issue of the American Atlas the first atlas to be published in America. Carey died in 1839 but was succeeded by his son Henry Charles Carey (1793 - 1879) who, in partnership with his brother-in-law Isaac Lea (1792 - 1886), published numerous important maps and atlases under the Carey and Lea, Lea Brothers, and Lea and Blanchard imprints. More by this mapmaker...


Carey, M., Carey's General Atlas, (Philadelphia) 1814.    


Very good. Overall toning and some spotting at places. Minor wear along original centerfold. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue.


Rumsey 4577.021. Phillips (Atlases) 722, 1372.