Philadelphia: Anthony Finley, 1826. Title leaf, Index leaf, plus fifteen handcolored folding maps (thirteen double- page maps, with the maps of Florida and the West Indies printed on single sheets) all tipped to stubs. Folio. Original three-quarter red calf and marbled boards, original red calf label on front board lettered and elaborately stamped in gilt. Leather chipped along spine and at corners, but neatly repaired; boards a bit rubbed, stained, and worn. Minor occasional foxing and thumbsoiling, some offsetting on maps. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM55874
First and only folio edition of one of the most handsome and important American atlases of the early nineteenth century. Anthony Finley published his atlases in the 1820s in direct competition with Henry Tanner, with the maps arranged much the same way and with the same level of skill as Tanner. This atlas was issued by Finley the same year as a pocket issue of the same title, with the two editions very similar in makeup; both editions are rare today. The maps included here are dated 1825 or 1826, and enumerated on the Index leaf, as follows: North America; the United States; Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont; Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island; New York; Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; Virginia and Maryland; North and South Carolina and Georgia; Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama; Kentucky and Tennessee; Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Part of Michigan Territory; Missouri and the Arkansas Territory; Florida and elevations of mountains (single sheet); the West Indies (single sheet); and South America.
The United States map is engraved with a note reading: "The publisher is indebted to the politeness of Major S. H. Long for the use of his documents in the construction of that portion of this Map west of the Mississippi river." It also includes a "Statistical Table" listing the states and territories, their area, population, capitals, and "population of the principal cities and towns."
"Finley's 1826 A NEW AMERICAN ATLAS... appears to have been a one-time effort. Most of the atlas maps carry the credit 'Drawn by D.H. Vance,' and all were engraved by J.H. Young. The same plates, with dates and publisher's name changed, were used by S. Augustus Mitchell in 1831 for an atlas published under the same title as Finley's 1826 volume" - Ristow.
A rare and early large-format American atlas from one of the most esteemed American mapmakers of the 19th century. RUMSEY 280 (maps dated 1827). PHILLIPS ATLASES 1378. HOWES F140. NMM 485. SABIN 52438. RISTOW, p.270. TOOLEY, p.211. DECKER 38:141 (pocket issue).