1827 Finley Map of Asia and Australia


1827 Finley Map of Asia and Australia


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  1827 (undated)    11.5 x 9 in (29.21 x 22.86 cm)


A beautiful example of Finley's important 1827 map of Asia. Depicts from the Black Sea and Arabia eastward to the Behring Strait and Papua New Guinea. Includes Australia (New Holland) and the East India Islands with Asia, as was common in this period. The Land of Liakhov, more widely known as the Legendary Ivory Islands, appear in the Russian Arctic. Ivan Liakhov discovered these islands in the late 18th century and was astounded to find that they contained so much fossil mammoth ivory that the entire archipelago seemed to be composed of the stuff. Engraved by Young and Delleker for the 1827 edition of Anthony Finley's General Atlas.


Anthony Finley (c. 1790 - 1840) was an American map publisher based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His most prominent works, A New American Atlas and the New General Atlas… were published from 1824 to 1834. While little is known of Finley's personal life, he seems to have worked in the same publishing and engraving circles as Tanner. Though most of Finley's cartographic material was borrowed from European sources, his atlases were favorably reviewed at the time of their publishing. His works are known for being attractively sparse and minimalist, focusing primarily on clarity and only the most important facts.


Finley, Anthony, A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of Maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe, Together with the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the World; Compiled from the Best Authorities, and corrected by the Most Recent Discoveries, Philadelphia, 1827.    


Very good condition. Light soiling lower left quadrant. Original pressmark. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 0285.052 (1831 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 4314, 760, 752, 6045.