Five (5) 18th century Maps by Samuel Lewis: Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, from The General Atlas for Careyâs Edition of Guthrieâs Geography Improved. Note: The General Atlas for Carey's Edition of Guthrie's Geography included sixteen maps of the American States. These maps, plus five others, were issued under the title American Atlas later in 1795. The American Atlas is recognized as the earliest general atlas of the United States. Maine, dated 1794, 17 5/8" x 14 3/8" (loss to lower right margin, toning and small separation at fold line, grime, especially upper right). New York, dated 1795, shows suggested counties upstate named after classical writers, philosophers and Greek Gods, 21" x 16 5/8" (Repaired separations with discoloration, small loss/tear lower left, margins likely trimmed). New Jersey, undated, 21 1/8" x 13 1/2" (Losses, repair and staining at fold line, light grime, discoloration upper right). Delaware, undated, 17 3/8" x 14 1/2" (Separation at left edge of horizontal fold line, some foxing to back). Massachusetts, undated, 16 1/4" x 20 5/8" (Repair and losses at lower end of fold line, 2 1/3" tear at lower edge, 5" tape repair lower left edge over name "Samuel Lewis", 1/4" hole upper left corner margin). Provenance: the estate of Dr. Benjamin Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: All professionally cleaned, deacidifed and encapsulated (not laminated), with expected toning, handling creases, light grime. See item description for other condition issues specific to each map.
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