"Virginia", Finley, Anthony
Period: 1824 (circa)
Publication: A New General Atlas...
Color: Hand Color
11.4 x 8.8 inches
29 x 22.4 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.
This handsome map of the state details the county seats, roads, towns and settlements, and watershed. The development is primarily east of the Allegheny Mountains, but the entire state (which now inlcudes today's West Virginia) is divided by county with county seats assigned to all. County orientation suggests the map is up to date to 1822: Allegany has just formed from Bath and Pocahontas is present, but the major county changes of 1824 are not shown. Engraved by Young & Delleker. According to Ristow, Finley published his atlases between 1824 to 1834, with separate issues published in the years 1824, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33 and 1834.
Superb original color with a few small spots of foxing primarily confined to blank margins.