Carey and Lea 1824 Comparative Mountains


“Map and Description of the Principal Mountains, &c. Throughout the World. Comparative Height of the Principal Mountains and other Elevations in the World.” 8 1/8 x 10 7/8 (chart); 16 1/2 x 20 5/8 (neat lines). With some discoloration at centerfold. From Fielding Lucas Jr. From Carey & Lea’s Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1824. Engravings by Young & Delleker.

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In 1822, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea published their A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas. This volume was based on Emmanuel Las Cases’ Atlas Historique of 1803, with updated maps and text modified by Carey, a political economist. He considered himself an American foil to John Stuart Mill and the London economists who were proclaimers of “the gloomy science” influenced by Ricardo and Malthus. Instead of preaching overpopulation and degeneration of the human species, Carey illustrated the nations of the western hemisphere through maps that showed an expanding region with ample promise of developing into lands of great new opportunity and growth.