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Auction 13: A Few Good Maps & Manuscripts

Lot 7

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7. [TREATY MAP]. [POCKET MAP]. TANNER, H[enry] S[chenck]. A Map of the United States of Mexico, as Organized and Defined by the Several Acts of the Congress of That Republic, Constructed from a Great Variety of Printed and Manuscript Documents by H. S. Tanner. Fifth Edition, 1847 [remains of prior edition statement slightly visible]. Below neatline at left: Published by H. S. Tanner [remains of address slightly visible]. Below neatline at right: Entered According to Act of Congress, in the year 1846, by H. S. Tanner, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Two insets at lower left: (1) Table of Distances; and (2) Map of the Roads &c from Vera Cruz & Alvarado to Mexico (red outlining). Above the insets added to this edition is a list of major battles of the Mexican-American War. Insets at right margin: (1) Statistical Table; and (2) Harbour of Vera Cruz. Pocket map, folded into original 16mo dark brown blind-stamped ribbed cloth covers, upper cover gilt lettered: TANNER’S TRAVELLING MAP OF MEXICO (covers present but detached). Engraved map with original full color and routes colored in red. 58 x 73.5 cm (22-7/8 x 28-15/16 inches). Mild age-toning and some light staining at left margin where pocket folder was attached, splits at far right, vertical fold neatly reinforced on verso, a few minor voids, mild browning at some old folds. Pocket folder chipped at extremities. Thomas W. Streeter’s copy, with his printed label affixed to inside front pocket cover and his notes indicating that he paid $10 for this copy in 1940.

     “Fifth edition” (dated 1847; copyright 1846). Lawrence Martin’s sequence (j). Streeter Sale 3824 (this copy). Taliaferro 291: “This map first appeared in a quite different form in 1826 (Streeter Sale 215). In this 1847 edition eastern Texas is based on Austin’s map of 1830; western Texas is based on Emory’s map of 1844. Salt Lake and Utah Lake are joined as on Frémont’s map of 1843. Also marked are Kearny’s route from Council Bluffs to Santa Fe, Wool’s route from San Antonio to Saltillo, Taylor’s route from Corpus Christi to Saltillo, and the U.S. Army’s route from Matamoras to Veracruz.” Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West III, p. 48 & #555: “Slight changes in hand-colored Upper California, New Mexico, and Texas.” Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Regions #32n (Wheat notes that he owned a copy of this variant). Unlike previous variants of Tanner’s map listed above, military routes of Mexican-American War campaigns are now traced in bright red. We find no sales listed in the usual sources consulted.      ($15,000-25,000)

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