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Anthony Finley

Anthony Finley


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.



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1827 - Table of the Comparative Lengths of the Principal Rivers throughout the World

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Interesting image illustrating the comparative heights of various mountains and volcanoes, with a reference chart by continent below, showing heights. From Finley's New General Atlas.


3

1824 - United States

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Interesting map of the Eastern United States, extending west to show a massive Missouri Territory. Shows an oversized Northwest Territory, double wide Arkansas Territory and naming Michigan Territory, within its approximate current borders but lacking...


4

1826 - Map of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Compiled From The Latest Authorities

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Scarce folding example of the map of New England from Finley's New American Atlas, published in 1826. The atlas was a response to the success of Tanner's seminal 1822 New American Atlas, which re-defined the standard for American Commercial...


5

1831 - Map of Massachusetts Connecticut and Rhode Island Constructed from the Latest Authorities . . . 1831

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Highly detailed large format map of New England, from a folding version of Mitchell's rare American Atlas, published in 1831. The map is hand colored by counties and shows towns, rivers, roads, lakes, mountains, islands, canals, etc. Excellent...


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1824 - Connecticut

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Nice example of Finley's map of Connecticut, colored by county, showing towns, roads, railroads, lakes, rivers, mountains, etc. One of the best maps of the state during the period. Anthony Finley was the dominant map maker in the United States from...


7

1824 - Maine

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Decorative map of Maine from Finley's New General Atlas. The map is hand colored by county, showing towns, roads, railroads, lakes, rivers, mountains, etc. One of the best maps of the state during the period. Anthony Finley was the dominant map...


8

1826 - Massachusetts

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Fine example of Finley's map of Massachusetts. The map is colored by counties and shows towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features.


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1827 - Massachusetts

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Fine example of Finley's map of Massachusetts. The map is colored by counties and shows towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features.


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1829 - New Hampshire

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Detailed map of New Hampshire, hand colored by counties and showing towns, rivers, lakes, islands, bays, etc. Early roads are also shown. A nice early map of the state.


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1828 - Rhode Island

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Striking map of the state of Rhode Island from Finley's New General Atlas. The map is hand colored by counties and shows towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features. Excellent detail throughout Narragansett Bay and in the interior...


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1824 - Vermont

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Detailed map of the state of Vermont, from Finley's New General Atlas. The map is hand colored by county, showing towns, roads, railroads, lakes, rivers, mountains, etc. One of the best maps of the state during the period. Anthony Finley was the...


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1826 - New Jersey

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Striking map of the state of New Jersey, from Finley's New General Atlas. The map is hand colored by counties and showing towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features.


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1826 - Maryland

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Map of Maryland, from Finley's General Atlas. The map is hand colored by counties and showing towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features.


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1824 - Delaware

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Nice example of this fine map of Delaware, from Finley's General Atlas. The map is hand colored by counties and showing towns, roads, rivers, mountains and other geographical features.


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1824 - Louisiana

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A striking example of Finley's map of Louisiana, colored by parish and showing towns, roads, rivers, and other geographical features. The map is attractively colored in bright colors. Some detail is shown in adjoining states, especially along the...