1828 (undated) 11.5 x 9 in (29.21 x 22.86 cm)
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This is an 1828 Anthony Finley map of Missouri shortly following statehood. This is one of the earliest obtainable maps of the State of Missouri. The map depicts the newly created state from the Missouri Terrotory to the Arkansas (Arkansaw) Territory and from the state border to Illinois and the Mississippi River. A very early county configuration, with most of the population attached to the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, is illustrated in Finley's classic minimalist style. Each county is labeled and color coded for easy differentiation. St. Louis is labeled, along with Herculaneum, Hannibal, and numerous other towns and settlements. The western portion of the state is defined by large counties and is largely uninhabited.
This map was engraved by Young and Delleker for the 1828 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, 1828.
Very good. Light soiling. Blank on verso.
Rumsey 0282.034 (1827 edition). 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.