“Western Africa.” From Family Cabinet Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832. 3 1/2 x 5 2/3. Engraving by J. Yeager. Original hand color. Light stain at right. Else, 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. This is an interesting map showing the state of understanding of the “dark continent” at the time. The coastal regions show different ‘nations,’ with towns and rivers noted. The middle of the continent is mostly empty, except the Donga Mountains are shown as the source of the Nile. The hand color and small size makes this map as charming as it is interesting.