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TANNER, HENRY SCHENCK after ARROWSMITH, AARON. Africa. Large engraved folding wall map of the African continent dissected into 32 sections and laid on linen with marbled paper end wrappers. 50x62 1/2 inches overall size; original hand-color in full; linen backing weak and completely separated at many sections, some areas of water staining, few small marginal chips and losses. Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1841
rare american imprint copying Arrowsmith's important wall map, originally published in 1802. "One of the greatest maps ever published. Arrowsmith simply stripped away centuries of accumulated myth, misconception and unsustainable guesswork, and took the mapping of Africa back to the bare bones of substantiated fact, leaving the interior as a blank canvas, a challenge to a new generation of explorers. As a picture, many of his predecessors of a century earlier would not have thought of publishing it, as a statement of intent it raised the standard for geographical accuracy above that practised by the vast majority of his contemporaries" (Mapforum #5). In this edition, the Philadelphia-based Tanner begins to rise to that challenge, illustrating elements of new knowledge of the interior of the continent. A detailed inset of the mouth of the Nile River is added to the upper right.
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