H.S. Tanner. “New Jersey reduced from T. Gordon’s Map by H.S. Tanner. 1841.” From Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1843. 14 x 11 1/2. Engraving by J. Knight. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A crisp, detailed and superior map of New Jersey by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner. 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 he did beginning in 1819. 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 every 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. This particular map was based on the first official state map of New Jersey by Thomas Gordon, updated with new information.