1828 Finley Map of Rhode Island

Rhode Island.

1828 Finley Map of Rhode Island


Uncommon 19th century map exclusively depicting Rhode Island - usually it was depicted with Massachusetts or Connecticut.

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Rhode Island.
  1828 (undated)    11.5 x 8.75 in (29.21 x 22.225 cm)     1 : 360000


This is an 1828 Anthony Finley map of Rhode Island. The map depicts the state from Massachusetts to the Atlantic Ocean and from Connecticut to Massachusetts in Finley's classic minimalist style. Block Island is illustrated off the coast near the bottom border. Rivers, roads, canals, and some topographical features are included. Providence, Newport, and Charlestown are among the cities and towns labeled, along with several turnpikes, all of which lead to Providence. Color coding indicates the different counties within the state. 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 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. 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.