Henry S. Tanner. “Venezuela, New Grenada & Equador.” From Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Henry S. Tanner, 1836. 11 1/2 x 14 1/4. Engraving by J. Knight. Original outline color. Very good condition.
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An antique map of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador by Henry Schenck Tanner. Beginning at the end of the second decade of the nineteenth century, Tanner, produced his important American Atlas, the finest American produced atlas to the time. The American Atlas was a huge success and this inspired Tanner, in 1834, to produce his Universal Atlas, of more manageable size. This is a typical example of the fine maps from that atlas. Detail is clearly and precisely presented, showing rivers, mountains, lakes and settlements. Each political division is identified by a contrasting pastel color. The map shows today’s Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador. An inset of the area in Panama (then part of Colombia) intended for a railroad and/or canal between the oceans is included in the bottom right.