1827 Finley Map of Missouri


1827 Finley Map of Missouri


One of the first obtainable maps of Missouri.

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


A beautiful example of Finley's important 1827 map of Missouri shortly following statehood. This is one of the earliest obtainable maps of the State of Missouri. Depicts a very early county configuration with most of the population attached to the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The western portion of the state is defined by large counties and is largely uninhabited. 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.


Karrow, R. W., Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1900, 9-0755. Phillips (Atlases) 4314-30. Ristow, W., American Maps and Map Makers, p. 270.