Gorgeous example of the first edition of Tanner's Map of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, from Tanner's monumental New American Atlas, without question the finest of all 19th Century American commerial atlases. The issuance of this atlas represented a landmark in American cartographic publishing history, marking the first time a large format American published atlas employed the engraving quality of its European competitors. Tanner conceived the atlas as the first large format systematic mapping of the US and began the project with a prospectus issued in 1818 and therafter and began issuing the maps in subscription format in folio groups beginning in 1819. The completed atlas in bound form was issued for the first time in 1823, and is perhaps the most sought after of all American Atlases. Separate maps from this atlas rarely appear on the market. Beautiful example, colored by counties, with wide clearn margins. Two minor tears in the margins, not affecting printed image. The map has become quite rare on the market. This is only the second example with have offered in 15 years. An essential map for collectors of this region.
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1820 Henry Schenk Tanner