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Henry Schenk Tanner / Engraved by H.S. Tanner, assisted by E.B. Dawson, W. Allen & J. Knight, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: BY H.S. Tanner, 1832. Philadelphia, 1829/1832.Henry Schenck Tanner (1786-1858) was a central figure in the flourishing of the American map-publishing trade in the early nineteenth century. Working closely with John Melish, and then alone, he set about proving that Americans could create maps every bit as good – or better – than their British and European rivals. His abilities were recognized by his election to the Geographical Societies of London and Paris.

The younger brother of the map-engraver Benjamin Tanner, he was a skilled and prolific engraver in his own right, supplying maps for many contemporary travel accounts and atlases. He took over and published the New American Atlas in 1823, the atlas the equal of any of the period, notably the four-sheet map of North America.

In the 1820s and early 1830s his was the leading American map-publishing house, with a substantial output, associated with engraving or publishing many of the best maps of the day, landmarks (from a long list) including his Map of the United States of Mexico (1825), a the superb wall-map of the United States of America (1830) and Stephen Fuller Austin’s seminal Map of Texas (1830).



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New England from Tanner’s American Atlas

The map of New England from Henry S. Tanner’s monumental New American Atlas. The atlas was first issued in parts between 1819 and 1823, while the present map is from the 1825 revised edition. Tanner’s life and work-and the American Atlas in particular-merit an entire chapter in Ristow’s American Maps and Mapmakers (chap. 13). Among […]

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Henry Schenck Tanner / Engraved by Edward B. Dawson, A NEW AND AUTHENTIC MAP OF THE World Embracing All The RECENT DISCOVERIES, and exhibiting particularly the Nautical Researches of the most Distinguished Circumnavigators FROM THE LATEST & BEST AUTHORITIES; with numerous Corrections & Additions, BY H.S. TANNER. Philadelphia: H. S. Tanner 831.

Monumental 1831 world map by Henry Tanner

A remarkable wall map of the world by the remarkable Henry Tanner and arguably the culminating cartographic achievement of his career. “The object of Mr. Tanner was not to make a reprint of any former map, but to incorporate into one splendid effort, the correct delineations of existing publications with the late discoveries of Ross, […]

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Tanner’s map of Mexico

Fine example of the groundbreaking 1846 “Third Edition” of Tanner’s map of Mexico, one of the most important American maps of the 19th-century and the most influential general map of the Mexican-American War period. This fascinating map embraces all of what was until 1848 the Republic of Mexico, which included the modern-day nation as well […]

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1847 Disturnell Treaty Map / Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Mejico

The 1847 Disturnell Treaty Map of Mexico and the American West

The 1847 Disturnell Treaty Map of Mexico and the American West. A map with a fascinating publishing history and a vital role in one of the most momentous territorial negotiations in American history. Disturnell’s large map depicts Mexico, with wash color by state, as well as much of the United States west of the Mississippi […]

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Henry Schenk Tanner / Engraved by H.S. Tanner, assisted by E.B. Dawson, W. Allen & J. Knight, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: BY H.S. Tanner, 1832. Philadelphia, 1829/1832.

“The premier map for its period” (Rumsey)

A fine example of one of the great national maps of the early 19th century, described by Rumsey as “one of best early large maps of the United States and the premier map for its period, without equal until Mitchell produced the first edition of his Reference and Distance Map of the United States in […]

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Tanner, Vallance, Kearney & Co, Sc., AMERICAN GENERALS [on plate with:] Tanner, Vallance, Kearney & Co, Sc., FRENCH MARSHALS. [Philadelphia, 1819.]

Engraved copper printing plate by Tanner, Vallance and Kearney

A rare engraved copper printing plate by the important Philadelphia partnership of Tanner, Vallance and Kearney, featuring portraits of six American generals from the War of 1812 facing portraits of six of Napoleon’s marshals. The plate bears two separate images engraved in line and stipple, each signed by Tanner, Vallance and Kearney and separated by […]

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