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Auction 118, Lot 936

"A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of Maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe…", Finley, Anthony

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1832 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

11.3 x 14.4 inches
28.7 x 36.6 cm

This is an important and complete American published atlas that appeared several times between 1824-34. Each finely engraved, copperplate map is in original, full hand color. The North America map shows the United States in control of the disputed northwest territory into Canada to Observatory Inlet, the famous Fifty-four Forty or Fight border dispute. The "Russian Possessions" extend from the Arctic Circle south to this latitude. The map of Mexico includes what will become the independent Republic of Texas in 1836. Also featured is the uncommon, Map of the West Coast of Africa from Sierra Leone to Cape Palmas, including the colony of Liberia which has an inset of Monrovia. Original 3/4 red morocco and marbled boards with original paper title label. Folio. Title page, table of contents, three tables; statistical, length of rivers and height of mountains and 62 maps engraved by Young & Delleker, four of which are double page. With Finely's original paper label on the inside front cover listing other maps for sale with price. This is a very attractive example of an important and increasingly difficult to find atlas that is made more desirable by the fine condition of its maps.

References: Ristow, p.268; cf Phillips (A) 760 (1831).

Condition: A

All of the maps are fine with beautiful impressions and gorgeous original coloring. The title page and title page and front endpaper are detached, but together. Covers and spine are scuffed and rubbed with the usual shelf wear and bumping. Light pencil marks on map of United States. Signatures tight.

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Sold for: $5,000

Closed on 3/6/2007