CAREY, H.C. and I. LEA, publisher. A Complete Historical, Chronological and Geographical American Atlas, being a guide to the history of North and South America, and the West Indies... to the year 1822. Philadelphia: Carey and Lea, 1822.
2o (447 x 305 mm). 46 hand-colored engraved double-page maps mounted on guards, with broad text border, hand-colored double page chart, (including 28 state, territory or district maps and 7 maps of the islands of the West Indies) and uncolored double-page engraved plate of comparative heights of mountains and elevations in the world (plate 16, Map of New York, splitting along fold, light browning and staining to some plates). Contemporary sheep-backed boards (some wear to spine ends and edges, rubbing to covers). Provenance: Mary E. Bradford, Newburgh, NY (early ownership inscription on front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION of one of the most important early American atlases, which became the standard for all its competitors. The state maps are mostly after F. Lucas, Jr. and include the various counties delineated by different colors, the text surrounding them includes details of the latest available population figures, brief histories, current and past politicians, climate and natural features. The advertisement in the beginning states that "the maps have been constructed from the latest and best authorities, and engraved by the first artists, and it is believed are as handsome and as correct as any yet published in this country... To obtain information for the completion of some of the maps [the publishers] have been compelled to write to various parts of the Union at different times, and wait in a state of suspense for several months, before it could be procured." The atlas is truly up-to-date and shows Maine at the time it became a state, the map of Missouri was published a year after it became a state. Phillips 1373a.
[With]: LAVOISNE, C.V. A Complete Genealogical, Historical, Chronological, and Geographical Atlas; being a General Guide to Ancient and Modern History. Philadelphia: M. Carey and Sons, 1821. 2o (443 x 312 mm). 71 double-page hand-colored maps and charts (marginal dampstaining, a few short tears or minor marginal wear to a few maps). Uniformly bound with the above in contemporary sheep backed boards (some wear to spine and edges, staining to sides). Phillips 132. (2)