Carey & Lea Chief Rivers


“A Comparative View of the Chief Rivers in the World with
their respective Lengths Shewing also the Principal Towns
situated on them Hemisphere.”  From Carey & Lea’s Family Cabinet Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832. 3 1/2 x 5 3/8.  Engraving by P.E. Hamm. Original hand color. Very good condition.


In 1831, Thomas Starling issued his Family Cabinet Atlas in 12mo format, each small map filled with precise detail. A year later, the Philadelphia firm of Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea issued their version of this atlas, “Revised, Corrected and Enlarged.” The maps were based on the British atlas, but with the plates re-engraved. These charts contain an impressive amount of detail for such images. Their size and hand color makes them as charming as they are interesting.