Tanner Map of the United States
Lot 83
TANNER, HENRY SCHENCK. 1786-1858. United States of America. Philadelphia: Henry S. Tanner, 10 June 1829.
Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
TANNER, HENRY SCHENCK. 1786-1858.
United States of America. Philadelphia: Henry S. Tanner, 10 June 1829.
Folding engraved map, hand-colored in outline, in 60 sections backed onto linen, sheet size: 1255 x 1605 mm, "engraved by H.S. Tanner, assisted by E.B. Dawson, W. Allen, and J. Knight," with integral bucolic title vignette after James W. Steel, the map surrounded by numerous small inset panels including 2 extensions to the area covered by the map. Loose, but folded within contemporary red half morocco over marbled paper-covered chemise, the "spine" divided into five compartments by gilt fillets, titled in gilt in the third compartment. Remnants of cloth edging to map, some light spotting, occasional small splits to linen, the chemise recently rebacked with the old spine laid down.
Provenance: Christian Brothers, House Library (Our Lady's Mount, Cork, Ireland., early ink stamp on verso).
[WITH:]
H.S. Tanner. Memoir on the Recent Surveys, Observations and Internal Improvements, in the United States ... Intended to accompany his new map of the United States. Philadelphia: published by the Author, 1830. 12mo (177 x 104 mm). 8 pp. Publisher's advertisements at rear (as issued). Contemporary red straight-grained half morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, the flat spine divided into five compartments by gilt rolls, titled in gilt in the third compartment, the others with repeat decoration in gilt. Contents spotted, lower outer blank corner of 5.1 torn away, binding with extremities scuffed.

A SPECTACULAR GEM FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN MAP MAKING: a fine copy of the first edition of Tanner's "new and elegant Map of the United States on a scale of 30 miles to the inch--5 feet 4 inches long, and 4 feet 2 inches high ... with the accompanying Memoir on the materials used in its construction" (#69 on Tanner's list of "Maps, Chart, and Geographical Works" at the back of the text volume). "One of the best early large maps of the United States" (Rumsey). The map shows the full extent of the United States as it stood in 1829, stretching from the Atlantic ocean to what today is western Kansas (or "Kanzas"). In the west the approximate locations of various Native American tribes are indicated: Huron, Sioux, Mandan, Osage, etc. Signs of "civilization" and "progress" are included: canals, railroads, and "McAdamized" roads. The numerous insets which border the map are particularly interesting as snap-shots in time of the development of many of the most important cities of the time, together with slightly expanded maps which also take in the immediate city environs. Also included are 14 profiles of portages, canals, and railroads and 2 tables in the lower right corner: Statistics of the Western Districts, and Statistics of the United States. American Imprints 40603; Phillips America p 885; Rumsey 975; Streeter Sale 3835; Howes T-28; Ristow American Maps & Mapmakers p 198; Sabin 94318; Schwartz & Ehrenberg p 253 ("Twice as detailed as Melish's map of 1816"); Wheat Transmississippi II, 390 & pl 94.
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