Carey & Hart Edition of Tanner’s Atlas

With Bradford’s Large Format Map of Texas, Based on Austin’s Map

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14. [ATLAS]. TANNER, H[enry] S[chenck]. A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the Various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World. With a Special Map of Each of the United States, Plans of Cities &c. Comprehended in Seventy Sheets and Forming a Series of One Hundred and Seventeen Maps, Plans and Sections, By H.S. Tanner. Philadelphia Published By Carey & Hart, 1843. Philadelphia, 1843.[8, engraved pictorial title with illustration of First Landing of Columbus in the New World..., publisher’s notice, index, table of contents] pp., copper-engraved frontispiece (rivers and mountains chart, full original color), 71 copper-engraved maps on thick paper. Folio (45.5 x 36.5 cm), original half sheep over purple cloth. Binding heavily rubbed and stained, spine chipped with loss at top, joints cracked, hinges cracked and repaired. Frontispiece and title page with mild foxing and offsetting. However, the maps are very good to very fine, with excellent color retention. The atlas is complete.

Texas Map

BRADFORD, T[homas] G[amaliel]. Texas. [Below lower neat line] Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1838, by T.G. Bradford in the Clerks Office of the District Court of Massachusetts | Engraved by G.W. Boynton. Engraved map on medium-weight wove paper, land grants in original full color; neat line to neat line: 36 x 29 cm; overall sheet size: 44.6 x 36.2 cm. Pristine condition, beautiful color. One of the maps added to this edition is the map of Texas as an independent republic. These days it is becoming more difficult to find this atlas with the Texas map in situ. Bradford’s small atlas (Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial) that came out in 1835 was the first atlas to have a separate map of Texas, and it was much smaller than the present map (see in this auction in the map section under Bradford). Martin & Martin 31 state that “Bradford published a completely new atlas in 1838, in a larger format, and the map of Texas it contained was even more clearly patterned on Austin’s. Aside from showing Texas as a separate state, the maps and text Bradford inserted into his atlases are historically important for clearly demonstrating the demand in the United States during the Revolution and the early years of the Republic. They also serve to confirm the importance of Austin’s map as a source for that information.” The present map of Texas is from the same plate as the first issue of the large format Texas map (1838), but it is an advanced issue, dating from 1839 or after: added is the City of Austin, which is shown as the capital (established 1839); the southwestern boundary has been moved farther south (from the Nueces River to the Rio Grande); etc. Day (Maps of Texas, p. 26) has three entries for the present map. Phillips, America, pp. 841-842 (various issues). Rumsey 89038 (earlier issue with boundary at Nueces River); 4453040 (intermediary edition, Austin not located yet).

     This atlas is recorded in American Imprints 1843:4862. As noted in the previous description, Tanner’s atlas had a long life. The present issue came out in 1843, after Carey and Hart purchased Tanner’s plates late in 1842. Soon enough the elegant, precise copper-engraving in this atlas would be transferred to stone. Rumsey 984: “Late 1845 edition. First Lithographed edition, with the plates having been transferred to stone from the original copper plates by Carey and Hart.... Ristow is incorrect in saying that Mitchell did the transfer to lithography—Carey and Hart did the transfer in 1845 and Mitchell bought the entire product from them and published a new edition in 1846. Mitchell states....that he purchased the copyrights to the atlas from Carey and Hart in May of 1845.”


Sold. Hammer: $4,400.00; Price Realized: $5,390.00.

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