Massive Missouri Territory and Old Northwest Territory Shown
Rare separately published 1827 edition of Anthony Finley's early map of the United States, first published in Philadelphia in 1825.
Finley's map provides a good look at the United States following the Adams-Onis Treaty in 1819 and shortly after Mexican independence in 1821. The map extends westward to depict the northwest, Missouri and "Arkansa" territories, and the province of Mexico, including Texas. A very large Northwest Territory is also shown.
The map draws extensively from Lewis & Clark, Pike, Humboldt, and others.
Includes a large statistical table with information on the various states and cities, including the population of New York City at 123,706.
The 1827 edition of Finely's pocket map is rare on the market. No examples are shown in AMPR.
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.