H.S. Tanner. “Connecticut.” From Tanner’s Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1843. 11 1/2 x 14. Engraving by E.B. Dawson. Full original hand color. Very light spot in lower left corner. Else, very good condition.
A strong and beautifully crafted map of Connecticut from the nineteenth century by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner. In 1816, Henry, his brother Benjamin, John Vallance and Francis Kearny formed an engraving firm in Philadelphia. Having had experience at map engraving through his work with John Melish, Tanner conceived of the idea of compiling and publishing an American Atlas, which was begun in 1819 by Tanner, Vallance, Kearny & Co.. Soon Tanner took over the project on his own, and thus began his career as cartographic publisher. The American Atlas was a huge success, and this inspired Tanner to produce his Universal Atlas, of more manageable size. 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 1843, Carey & Hart issued an edition of the atlas, and the maps were later purchased by S. Augustus Mitchell, and then Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.. Maps from the early Tanner/Carey & Hart edition are quite rare and desirable. This map of the Connecticut is typical of the Tanner maps. It shows excellent information, especially of the transportation network. Insets in the lower right show the regions around Hartford and New Haven.