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1825 Finley Pocket Map of the United States and Texas


Map of the United States Constructed from the latest Authorities.
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Title:    Map of the United States Constructed from the latest Authorities.

Description:    A fine pocket map example of Anthony Finley's scarce 1825 map of the United States. The map covers form just beyond the Rocky Mountains eastward to the Atlantic Seaboard and from Canada to Mexico, encompassing nearly the fully territory then claimed by the United States. Topography is rendered in profile with numerous rivers and American Indian nations noted throughout.

This map falls into the somewhat vague period between the 1804-06 explorations of Louis and Clark, the 1806-07 expedition of Zebulon Pike, and the 1836 Texas Revolution. This was the era distinguished by the Mountain Men - long travelers and fur trappers who followed in the path Louis and Clark and made significant contributions to t cartography of the American west. Finley draws heavily on earlier maps of the period and with regard to the Tran-Mississippi, is particularly indebted, as noted in annotation to the 1820 explorations of Stephen H. Long along the Platte River, and then south. The map identifies Long's Peak as well as the apocryphal southern or Lewis Fork (after Meriwether Lewis) of the Columbia River. At the extreme western border, the speculative Buenaventura River is also noted. 'Texas' is identified near Galveston Bay.

Most examples of this map are associated with Finley's New American Atlas which was first published in 1826, however earlier examples are known. Our own pocket map predates the publication of the New American Atlas by one year - though the plate remained unchanged - and a still earlier example dating to 1824 can be found in the Boston Public Library's Leventhal Collection.


Date:    1825 (dated)

References:    Rumsey 0278.002 (1826 atlas variant), 0280.002 (1827 issue). Boston Public Library, Leventhal Collection, G3700 1824 .M37x. Wheat, C. I., Mapping of the Transmississippi West, 1540 – 1861, 369.

Cartographer:    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. Click here for a list of rare maps from Anthony Finley.

Cartographer:    James H. Young (fl. c. 1817 - 1866) was an Irish-American draughtsman, engraver, and cartographer active in Philadelphia during the first half of the 19th century. Young engraved for numerous cartographic publishers in the Philadelphia area, including Anthony Finley, Charles Varle, William Kneass, Delleker, and Samuel Augustus Mitchell, among others. His most significant work includes the maps for Finley and later Mitchell's New American Atlas. Mitchell proved to be Young's most significant collaborator. The pair published numerous maps from about 1834 well into the 1860s. In 1840 he registered a patent for an improved system of setting up typography for printing. Unfortunately little has been discovered regarding his personal life. Click here for a list of rare maps from James H. Young.

Size:   Printed area measures 21.5 x 16.74 inches (54.61 x 42.5196 centimeters)

Scale:    1 : 7153000

Condition:    Good. Backed with archival tissue for stability. Removed from but sold with original leather binder. Some minor discolorations in lower quadrants.

Code:   UnitedStates-finley-1825 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

Tags:    Finley , Louis and Clark , Zebulon Pike , Stephen H. Long , Buenaventura River , Young

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