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A New General Atlas, comprising a complete set of maps, representing the grand divisions of the globe... compiled from the best authorities, and corrected by the most recent discoveries
Philadelphia: Anthony Finley, 1830. Imperial quarto. (13 7/8 x 10 3/4 inches). Engraved title, engraved index leaf, letterpress General statistical table, 60 hand-coloured engraved maps (2 double-page), 2 hand- coloured engraved comparative charts of mountains and rivers. Expertly bound to style in half red straight-grained morocco over contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, original green-toned engraved title label on upper cover, the flat spine gilt in six compartments, divided by horizontal gilt fillets and blind-tooled decorative roll, lettered in gilt in the second compartment, Finley's small format letterpress trade label (2 1/16 x 3 3/8 inches) mounted on front pastedown. An important atlas from one of the greatest American map publishers of the first half of the 19th century. A contemporary review of the 1824 first edition of this work is equally applicable to the present edition: "The number of elegant maps and atlases which have come from the press within a short time in the United States, is a most flattering proof of increased attention of the community to the important study of geography. The present work contains sixty maps, about half of which are devoted to the American continent [30 in the present edition], and the remainder to other parts of the world, chiefly to Europe. The engraving is done almost uniformly with remarkable distinctness and the face of the maps is frequently beautiful, not overloaded with a confusion of useless names" (North American Review, July 1824, pp.261-262) Little is known of Anthony Finley, other than his published work "but he was probably born around 1790. Judging from contributors to his atlases, he apparently moved in the same Philadelphia circles of engravers and compilers as other contemporary publishers" (Ristow, p.268). Phillips Atlases 755; cf. Ristow p.268; cf. Rumsey 285 (1831 edition, with 'Atlas Classica' bound in)
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