Illinois Following the Black Hawk Wars of 1832
Rare map of Illinois, published by Anthony Finley in 1834.
The map is hand colored by county, with a number of the Northern Counties still not settled.
At the bottom left, a large inset "Map of the Lead Mine Region, east of the Mississippi River" is shown, focused on Joe Daviess (Joe Davies) County and the southwestern corner of Michigan Territory (Iowa County, Michigan), which would become a part of Wisconsin Territory on July 3, 1836. The details in the inset are exceptional, focused on the Diggings and Furnaces which were then booming in the region.
Having been enlarged in 1834, this edition of the map is very rare on the market.
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.