“West Indies.” From Family Cabinet Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832. 5 1/2 x 3 5/8. Engraving by J. Yeager. 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. Each map depicts towns, political divisions, rivers, lakes, and nicely engraved topography. The hand color and small size makes these maps as charming as they are interesting.