8 December 2015
TANNER, Henry Schenck (1786-1858). A New American Atlas containing Maps of the Several States of the North American Union. Philadelphia: By the Author, 1823.
2° (610 x 420 mm). Half-title, title with engraved vignette showing the first landing of Columbus in the New World, index, "Geographical Memoir," 22 engraved double-page maps colored by a contemporary hand mounted on guards (the two maps of South America joined, and four maps of North America joined both reinforced with cloth along folds). (Wormed along center fold and margins affecting images, some light staining, some tears.) Contemporary American blue morocco, covers decorated with a blind and gilt tooled border, spine in six compartments gilt lettered in two, others with gilt design (some rubbing and scuff marks.) Provenance: Job Durfee (1790-1847) a politician and lawyer from Rhode Island, member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1816-1820) and member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1821-25) (addressed to “Job Durfee, Member of Congress, to the care of Benj. B. Mumford Esq., Newport Rhode Island – To be kept dry” on contemporary shipping crate).
[With:] The original shipping crate (470 x 660 x 50 mm). Single-board pine, early 19th-century.
FIRST EDITION, "a landmark in American cartography ... the first comprehensive analytical compilation of existing cartographic and geographic data for the United States as a whole" (Schwartz-Ehrenberg). Tanner's atlas included maps of uniform size and scale of: The World; Europe; Asia; Africa; North America (4 sheets joined); South America (2 sheets joined); Maine, New Hamshire and other states; New York; Pennsylvania and New Jersey; Virginia, Maryland and Delaware; Ohio and Indiana; Kentucky and Tennessee; North and South Carolina; Georgia and Alabama; Louisiana and Mississippi; Illinois and Missouri; Florida. A RARE SURVIVAL OF AN AMERICAN ATLAS IN ITS ORIGINAL SHIPPING CRATE. Howes T-29; Phillips 1374; Sabin 94319; Schwartz and Ehrenberg p. 251.
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