John Cary

John Cary

John Cary (1755-1835) was a British cartographer and publisher best known for his clean engraving and distinct style which influenced the entire map industry. Born in Wiltshire, John was apprenticed to an engraver in London. He started his own business by 1782 and moved to several premises before settling at 86 St James’s Street in 1820.

Cary had several significant collaborations during his career. John Wallis and Cary diversified Cary’s business to include broader publishing projects. Brother William and John made globes together, while brother Francis participated in the company’s engraving work. Finally, geologist William Smith and Cary developed and sold geological maps, some of the first of their kind. The pair also produced a notable series of county maps starting in 1819. Cary’s atlases, of English counties and the world, were the standard texts of the early nineteenth century. He was appointed surveyor of roads to the General Post Office in 1794, which led to the New Itinerary, first published in 1798.

John trained his son, George, in engraving and George and his other son, John Jr., took over the business in 1821. It was then known as G. and J. Cary and continued in trade until 1850. The firm’s materials were then acquired by George Frederick Cruchley and then Gall and Inglis. By the time John died in 1835, Cary was the authoritative name in private map publishing and his business was a leader in the field throughout the first half of the nineteenth century.


1801 - A New Map of The Kingdom of Portugal, Divided into its Provinces . . . 1801

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Detailed map of Portugal, hand colored by provinces. Shows roads, rivers, lakes, mountains, islands, etc. One of the best large format English atlas maps of the period.


1801 - A New Map of Turkey In Asia, Divided into its Provinces . . . 1801 [Cyprus]

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Detailed map of Turkey, Asia Minor, Persia, Syria, Iraq, Armenia, etc. Very large Cyprus shown. Colored by provinces. Excellent detail. One of the best large format English atlas maps of the period.


1801 - A New Map of the Kingdom of Denmark, Comprehending North and South Jutland, Zeeland, Fyen, Laaland and part of Holstein . . . 1801

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Detailed map of Denmark and neighboring regions, colored by provinces. One of the best large format English atlas maps of the period.


1806 - A New Map of Chinese & Independent Tartary, From The Latest Authorities . . . 1806

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Antique Map of Central and Eastern Asia, from the Caspian Sea to China A marvelous map of Chinese Tartary, Corea and Japan. Includes nice detail and notes in the interior of Mongolia. Shows towns, rivers, mountains, lakes and other features.


1801 - A New Map of the East India Isles, From The Latest Authorities . . . 1801

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Large detailed map of Southeast Asia, from John Cary's atlas. Extends from Mergui Archipelago, Straits of Malacca and Sumatra to Papua New Guinea, Pelew Islands, and part of Formosa. Extremely detailed.


1801 - A New Map Of Persia, from the Latest Authorities . . . 1801

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A highly detailed map of Persia, from an early edition of Cary's atlas. This is one of the most decorative and detailed large format maps of the region to appear in an English Atlas and is highly sought after by collectors for its detail and...


1804 - A New Map of Arabia, Including Egypt, Abyssinia, The Red Sea &c &c. . . 1804

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Includes The Caravan Routes To Mecca Large detailed map of the region, centered on the Saudi peninsula and the Red Sea. In the Arabian Peninsula, the map notes the Route of the Indian Caravans from Katif (El Qatif) to Mecca and the Route of the...


1805 - A New Map of Egypt, From the Latest Authorities . . . 1805

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Fine example of this striking map of Egypt, the Gulf of Suez, Red Sea and the Course of the Nile, with a large inset of the Nile Delta, published by John Cary in London. Extends from Oasis Magna and Shek Haled to Arabaia Petraea. Includes various trade...