Auction 136, Lot 791

"An Atlas of Ancient Geography Comprehended in Sixteen Maps, Selected from the most Approved Works, to elucidate the Writings of the Ancient Authors…", Tanner, Henry Schenck

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1826 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 8.5 inches
27.4 x 21.6 cm

This fine example of Tanner's scarce historical atlas is complete with 16 double-page maps (11" x 8.6"). The maps are 1) The Places recorded in the Five Books of Moses (with the inset "The Eastern Countries as mentioned by Moses"); 2) The Purveyorships of the Reign of Solomon; 3) The Countries travelled by the Apostles; 4) Patriarchi Orientales; 5) Patriarchi Occidentalis; 6) Terra Veteribus Nota; 7) Aegyptus Antiqua; 8) Africa Antiqua; 9) Hispania Antiqua; 10) Gallia Antiqua; 11) Italia Antiqua; 12) Graecia Antiqua; 13) Graecia pars Septentrionalis aliter Macedonia Thessalla & Epirus com Thracia; 14) Germania Antiqua; 15) Britannicae Insulae ex Aevi Romani Monuments; and 16) Palaestina seu Terra Sancta. Hardbound with marbled paper covers and half red leather, title page, contents, 16 maps. Published by H.S. Tanner, No. 177, Chestnut Street. 1826.

References: Rumsey 5532

Condition: B+

The maps are on thick paper with crisp, early impression and beautiful color in Tanner's style. All of the maps are fine except for the map of Solomon and Hispania, which each have a small marginal tear well closed on verso with old paper repairs, and scattered foxing to the map of Britain. Some shelf wear to the covers and spine but are very sound with tight contents. The front end paper is missing. Owner's stamp on front pastedown.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 6/1/2011