France in Departments.
1827 (undated) 11.5 x 9 in (29.21 x 22.86 cm)
A beautiful example of Finley's 1827 map of France. Covers all of France and is divided into 101 administrative departments. The French department system replaced the Ancien Regime province system that was in place until the French Revolution. In Finley's classic minimalist style, this map identifies cities, forests, river systems, swamps and mountains. Color coded according to regional political boundaries. Title and scale in lower right quadrant. 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. Original pressmark. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 0285.047 (1831 edition), 2680.048 (1824 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 4314, 760, 752, 6045.