TANNER, Henry Schenck (1786-1858). Atlas of the United States, Containing Separate maps of Each State and Territory of the North American Union. Philadelphia: by the author, 1835.

$ 15,000.00

4to., (15 4/8 x 12 4/8 inches). 4-page publisher's advertisement at end. Full-page engraved map of the United States (not called for in the Index), and 24 state maps all with original hand colour in full. Contemporary half black morocco, marbled paper boards, red morocco lettering-piece on the front cover, the smooth spine ruled in six compartments each decorated with a small gilt tool of the Pease family crest (extremities lightly scuffed).  

Provenance: With the engraved armorial bookplate of William M. Maude on the front paste-down; anonymous sale Christie's 27th October 1982, lot 157; purchased by Charles W. Traylen for Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), his sale 10th October 2006, lot 495  

First edition. "Tanner was a leading figure in establishing commercial map publishing in America and brought the atlas as a cartographic form to early maturity during the "golden age" of American copperplate printing. He combined the skills of a geographer with those of an editor and engraver to create authoritative maps during a period of unprecedented growth in topographical knowledge of North America. He represented the emergence in the world of American publishers of specialized maps, and he placed map compilation and atlas design on a newly scientific basis, introducing uniform map scales for maps in atlases and documentation of sources employed. He crucially reinforced the brief impetus Melish had given to the rise of homegrown American map publishing and set standards that later publishers took for granted" (Michael P. Conzen for ADNB).

From the distinguished library of Lord Wardington whose collection of Atlases was unique: "a panoply of the history of cartography and of great mapmakers" (Andrew Phillips "An Appreciation", Sotheby's sale catalogue). Phillips, Atlases 1380 (not listing general map). Catalogued by Kate Hunter