FINLEY, Anthony (1790-1840). A New American Atlas, designed principally to illustrate the Geography of the United States or North America. Philadelphia: Anthony Finley, 1826.

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Folio (19 x 13 4/8 inches). Letterpress title-page (early repaired tear near the gutter) and index. 15 engraved maps on 14 double-page sheets by J.H. Young after D.H. Vance, dated 1824-1826, all mounted on guards, and all with original hand-colour in full (some light browning and offsetting). Contemporary pale blue paper boards (rebacked to style with new printed paper label on the spine, endpapers renewed); modern blue cloth clamshell box.


Provenance: blind library stamp to foot of title-page.

First edition, folio issue, also published in a pocket edition the maps printed on very fragile paper. The maps are of : "North America", "United States", "Maine, New-Hampshire, & Vermont", "Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode-Island", "New York", "Pennsylvania, New Jersey, & Delaware", "Virginia and Maryland", N. and S. Carolina and Georgia", "Louisiana, Mississippi, & Alabama", Kentucky and Tennessee", "Missouri & Territory of Arkansas", "Florida and Elevation of Mountains" with "West Indies", and "South America".

Finley published maps of the United States, and of each state until 1831, when he sold his map and atlas copyrights to S. Augustus Mitchell. Howes F140. Catalogued by Kate Hunter 

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