Maps of the Pimeria: Early Cartography of the Southwest, by Jack Mount

19th Century

1834. Henry Schenck Tanner. Mexico & Guatemala.
1834. Henry Schenck Tanner. Mexico & Guatemala. Engraved by J. Knight. Philadelphia, 1834. Colored map 29 x 36 cm. Scale ca. 1:11,700,000. From H. S. Tanner, A New Universal Atlas..., Philadelphia, H.S. Tanner, 1836. Map number 30. [G4410 1834 T3]. 1015X800 | 761X600

The two decades between 1820 and 1840 have been called the "Golden Age of American Cartography". During these years commercial map publishing, based upon copper-plate engraving, reached its zenith. A principal contributor to the golden age and one of the most productive and successful cartographic publishers of the period was Henry Schenck Tanner. However, his "Mexico & Guatemala" sheet is remarkable for not showing any new data for the West and Southwest; in fact he still shows some of the fictitious features in the Great Basin. The Santa Cruz River is still not depicted and Tucson is still "Tubson". Other maps in the atlas are more notable; for example, his "North America" sheet is the first published map to show the discoveries made by the explorer and mountain man Jedediah Smith.

Tanner (1786-1858) was a draughtsman, engraver and publisher with addresses in Philadelphia and New York City.

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