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Striking map of Georgia from an early edition of Finley's General Atlas, colored by counties and showing towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features. Excellent Indian detail in the Northern two-thirds of the state, which includes Cherokee Indian and Lower Creek Indian Lands. Several Missionary Stations and a Moravian Station are shown, along with the Creek Agency and a number of early forts. Finley's maps are one of only two obtainable from American Atlases published in the 1820s, with Finley's General Atlas being the biggest commercial success of the era. Others include Carey & Lea, and the now virtually unobtainable maps from Fielding Lucas, and larger format maps from H.S. Tanner's New American Atlas and Finley's New American Atlas. Exceptional color. Significant updating and additions to the Western Counties, not shown in earlier maps.

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.