Table of the Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains & c. in the World.
1827 (undated) 11.5 x 9 in (29.21 x 22.86 cm)
This is Finley's highly sought after c. 1827 map of the comparative heights of the principal mountains of the world. Details the world's great mountains in relative proximity to one another and divided by continent. Each mountain is numbered and refers to a reference list below the chart proper, which names each mountain and its elevation. Also notes important cities, mines, volcanoes and geographical locations, including the Great Pyramid. When this chart was map the highest mountain North America was considered to be Mexico's Popocatepetl, in South America it was Chimborazo, in Europe Mont Blanc, in Asia Dhaulagiri, and in Africa the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Predates the discovery of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, and Mt. McKinley (Denali). 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 0285.062 (1831 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 4314, 760, 752, 6045.