Anthony Finley. “New York.” From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1830. 12 3/4 x 18 3/4. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Original hand coloring. Some minor stains. Very good condition.
In the third decade of the nineteenth century, 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 in the early years of the century. He was very concerned to depict as up-to-date information as was possible, and thus his map presents an accurate picture of the state in 1830. This map is elegantly presented, with crisp and clear engraving and very attractive pastel hand shading. Towns, rivers, and political divisions are indicated, and the bright color makes this map as attractive as it is informative. Updating his maps where he could, Finley added this double page map of the Empire State to the 1830 edition.