“Egypt.” From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: Anthony Finley, 1827. Engraving by Dellecker & Young. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4. Original hand color. A few minor marginal stains. Very good condition.
Beginning in the 1820’s, Anthony Finley produced a series of fine atlases in the then leading American cartographic center, Philadelphia. Finley’s work is a good example of the quality that American publishers were beginning to obtain. Each map is elegantly presented, with crisp and clear engraving and very attractive pastel hand shading. Topographical and political information is copious, including counties, towns, rivers, roads and so on. Finley was very concerned to depict as up-to-date information as was possible, and thus his maps present an accurate picture of the world in the early decades of the nineteenth century. An excellent series of maps from the nascent American cartographic world.