Mapmaker: Tanner, H. S. Carey & Hart
A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the Various Empires, Ki1845
A New Universal Atlas Containing Maps of the Various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World
Quarter Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. In original quarter crimson leather and blue marbled boards with matching crimson and gilt front cover title "Tanner's Universal Atlas". First edition, hand-colored frontis (mountains and rivers sheet), engraved tp, 5 single sided pages of text (publisher's notice, General View of the World, and table of contents), 71 hand-colored, lithographed map sheets, and 4 additional tipped-in maps (3 hand-colored, 2 double page). An important atlas containing several notable maps, including North America (showing Texas as a republic); C. S. William's 1845 map of Texas; Iowa, Wisconsin, and Florida, all with oversize counties or unsettled tracts of land; city plans (New York, Philadelphia, and Washington); plus various US states and countries of the world. The extra Colton maps are Comparative Sizes of Lakes and Islands (uncolored); Western and Eastern Hemispheres; United States of America (1854), and Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
*** Condition: Complete with all 72 maps plus 4 extra J. H. Colton maps dated in the mid-1850's evidently inserted by a previous owner. Some light rubbing and scuffing to boards but otherwise clean; extremities show only light evidence of wear with limited patches of show-through. Hinges completely intact with no splitting, and binding square and tight. Front endsheet and all but last text leaf have a dampstained upper right corner, maps unaffected. The map sheets are generally clean with some short toning streaks or spots found mainly in the margins. Some maps also exhibit pale tan streaks within image areas that appear to be brush-related and therefore as made. Colors bright. All sheets unmarked. Very good overall. A remarkably well preserved example of this rare atlas. Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall