1826 Finley Comparative Map of the Principle Rivers of the World
Description: This is Finley’s highly sought after c. 1827 map of the comparative lengths of the principal rivers of the world. Details the world’s great rivers in relative to one another and divided by continent. Each river is numbered and refers to a reference list below the chart proper, which names each river and its length. There are a couple of curiosities. The Mississippi is considered, by far, to be the world's longest river. The length of the Nile is grossly underestimated - when this was made the source of the Nile had yet to be determined. The St. Lawrence River is drawn to include four of the five Great Lakes. Engraved by Young and Delleker for the 1827 edition of Anthony Finley's General Atlas.
Date: 1827 (undated)
Source: 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.
References: Rumsey 0285.06`(1831 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 4314, 760, 752, 6045.
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.
Size: Printed area measures 11.5 in height x 9 inches in width (29.21 x 22.86 centimeters)
Condition: Very good condition. Original pressmark. Blank on verso.
Code: Rivers-finley-1827 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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