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GERMANY - 1840


Reprinted 2001 by Michiana History Publications

This inexpensive reprint is a best seller at our genealogy conferences.

Lithographed on 80 pound archival stock, and protected by a mylar or polypropylene sleeve,  this 11" x 14" reproduction makes  a great gift for friends and family or can be  an unusual door prize at family reunions or genealogy meetings.

This decorative map is a fine example of Henry Tanner, one of America's finest cartographers. It was taken from Tanner's Universal Atlas.

The original map is 10 5/8" x 9 1/4" but this reprint was slightly modified to accommodate our archival page protectors.

                                                                                           Henry Tanner Maps

Henry Schenck Tanner is considered one of America's greatest cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century.

Henry was born in New York City in 1786. He moved to Philadelphia in 1810 to join his older brother, Benjamin, who was an established engraver trained by Peter Maverick, one of New York City's earliest engravers.

Henry worked as Benjamin's apprentice and engraved for John Melish, one of Philadelphia's earliest cartographers.

In 1816, Henry and Benjamin, joined with John Vallance and Frances Kearny to form the engraving firm of Tanner, Vallence, Kearny and Co.

Henry may have conceived the idea of creating an American Atlas when he worked for Melish. The work was begun in 1819 by the firm of Tanner, Vallence, Kearny and Co. but Henry eventually took over the project.

The first "edition" of Henry Tanner's American Atlas was published in five folios between 1819 and 1823. The first 1819 folio contained no North American maps. The first North American maps appeared in the second folio, which was released in late 1819.

The American Atlas was considered to be "one of the most magnificent atlases ever published of the United States" and was a huge success.

His success inspired Tanner to produce his Universal Atlas. This atlas contained excellent maps of each state, focusing on the transportation network, including roads, railroads and canals. All details are clearly presented, and these include towns, rivers, mountains, political boundaries and the transportation information.

In 1841 Carey and Hart issued an edition of the Tanner Universal Atlas, and later the maps were purchased by Samuel Augustus Mitchell and then Thomas Cowperthwait and Co.

Tanner died in 1856.

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