Darby's Edition of Brookes' Universal Gazetteer; or, a New Geographical dictionary: containing a description of the Empires, Kingdoms, States, Provinces, Cities, Towns, Forts, Seas, Harbours, Rivers, lakes, Mountains, Capes, &c. in the Known World; with the Government, Customs, and Manners, of the Inhabitants; the Extent, Boundaries, and Natural Productions of each Country; and the Trade, Manufactures, and Curiosities of the cities and Towns, to which are added, The Constitution of the United States, and the Constitutions of the Respective States. Philadelphia: Bennett & Walton, 1823.
8vo., (8 6/8 x 5 inches). Half-title. Fine folding engraved map "of the United States of America" by H.S. Tanner, with original hand-colour in full (map with 3 inch tear crossing the image from the mount, browned throughout). Contemporary speckled calf, the spine in 5 compartments with 4 raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second, the others ruled in gilt (worn at the extremities, hinges weak).
Provenance: with the ownership inscriptions of Benjamin J. Pennock on the front free endpaper and the half-title.
First published in London in 1762, this is the third American edition "with ample additions and improvements". Containing an early map of the United States by Tanner: “While Mathew Carey was born in Ireland and John Melish was born in Scotland, Tanner represents the development of an American-born group of artisans. He was born in New York City but moved to Philadelphia. His brother was a partner in the firm of Tanner, Vallance, and Kearney, which published books, pamphlets and printed maps. Tanner trained as an engraver and worked on the maps that accompanied Melish’s ‘Travels’ (1812) and ‘Map of the United States’ (1816). Tanner soon extended his work to publishing and writing. The death of Melish provided an opportunity for a ‘geographer and map publisher’; by the 1820s, he had adopted those names. Tanner, like Melish, not only printed and published maps and books but also wrote much of the text (the demarcation between printers, publishers and writers was less rigorous than it is now)…” (John R. Short, “Representing the Republic,” pp. 150-151).