1827 (undated) 11.5 x 9 in (29.21 x 22.86 cm)
A beautiful example of Finley's important 1827 map of Rhode Island. Includes Block Island. Depicts the state with moderate detail in Finley's classic minimalist style. Shows river ways, roads, canals, and some topographical features. Offers color coding at the county level. Title and scale in lower right quadrant. It is very uncommon to find an early 19th century exclusively depicting Rhode Island, as most maps of the period bundled it with Connecticut or Massachusetts. 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.
Chapin, H., Contributions to Rhode Island Bibliography, No. 5: Checklist of Maps of Rhode Island, 61. Rumsey 0285.011 (1831 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 4314, 760, 752, 6045.