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1824 Anthony Finley

Striking map of Finley's map of the state of Indiana from his New General Atlas, colored by counties and showing towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features. the Northern counties are beginning to appear, but the most of the northern portion of the territory remains Indian Lands. Allen, Wabash, Hamilton, Madison, Montomery, Fountain, Warren, Carroll, Hendricks, Marion, Hancocck, Rush, Johnson, Morgan and other Northern and Central counties have been established in the past few years, and a portion of Henry and Delaware Counties south of the Wabash are know not part of any county. A fascinating transitional map of Indiana, at a time when it was being actively explored and settled. A sharp clean example of this highly desirable map. Vivid color. This late edition includes a few new counties in the north, not present in earlier states. Finley's maps of Indiana evolved considerably, and there at least 4 or 5 different states of the map.

Anthony Finley Biography

Anthony Finley (1784-1836) was an American map publisher. Little is known about his life. He is presumed to have been born in Philadelphia, where he also died. A publisher, Finley was also involved in several Philadelphia civic and professional societies such as the Philadelphia Apprentices’ Library. He may have been in business as early as 1809 and his first publication dates from ca. 1811.

His first maps also date from this year, with two maps in Daniel Edward Clarke’s Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The first atlas published by Finley appeared in 1818, the Atlas classica, or, Select maps of ancient geography, both sacred and profane, for the use of colleges and schools in the United States. He is best known for his A New General Atlas Comprising a Complete Set of Maps (1824), which was a bestseller. There were two editions in 1824, with annual editions until 1834.

Finley was part of the first generation of American publishers who produced high quality, precise maps on American soil. He was in competition with other Philadelphia publishers, for example Henry S. Tanner. Finley’s A New American Atlas Designed Principally to Illustrate the Geography of the United States of America (1826) closely mirrors Tanner’s A New American Atlas Containing Maps of the Several States of the North American Union, with similar groupings of maps; the main difference is the smaller scale of Finley’s maps. Finley printed two editions of this atlas.