Auction 133, Lot 715

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

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1833 (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 in several editions published between 1824-34; this atlas is dated 1833 on the title page. Each finely engraved copperplate map is in original, full hand color. The North America map shows the United States ending at today's boundary, with New Caledonia above and Russian Possessions above and extending to the Arctic Circle. The map of Mexico includes what will become the independent Republic of Texas in 1836, here labeled "Coahuala and Texas." 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. The two thematic charts are "Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains &c. in the World" and the "Comparative Length of Rivers." Bound in original marbled boards with red morocco leather and original paper title label on front cover. 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 Finley's original paper label on the inside front cover listing other maps for sale with price. This is a good example of an important and increasingly difficult to find atlas.

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

Condition: B+

The map of Canada has an old blue pencil line across it and the same pencil is used at upper corner of title page for owners name, 1835. The interior maps are very good, but pages and maps at either end with foxing or water stains that decrease after a few pages. Lower right quadrant of title page with heavy water stain. Boards have water stains in lower portion, rubbed and bumped and spine abraded. Contents are tight, no loose pages or maps.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 9/1/2010