Auction 125, Lot 261

"Louisiana", Finley, Anthony

Subject: Louisiana

Period: 1824 (published)

Publication: A New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

11 x 8.5 inches
27.9 x 21.6 cm

Finely's maps employ a delicate and elegant engraving style and provided extensive topographical and watershed information. He was the dominant map maker in the United States in the early 1820s into the 1830s. His atlases were very successful, outselling rival atlases by Carey & Lea, and Tanner. His maps were printed on high quality paper and were routinely corrected and updated.

An early edition of Finley's fine copper engraved map colorfully depicts the existing parishes. Although published in 1824, the parish development is current only to 1821. In 1822 Terrebonney, not shown here, was formed from a portion of Lafourche parish. The defunct parishes of Opelousas, Washita, and Attakapas are shown. Roads, towns and settlements, rivers and political divisions are sharply illustrated. Good detail along the Mississippi River. Engraved by Young & Delleker. A scarce, early example.

References: Phillips (A) #760-29.

Condition: A

Fine original color and sharp impression with original margins. Map is very good but some soiling and a spot are in the margins.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/24/2008