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Auction 191, Lot 821

"Atlas Classica; or Select Maps, of Ancient Geography, Both Sacred and Profane...", Finley, Anthony

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1824 (published)


Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 13.8 inches
27.4 x 35.1 cm
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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 complete historical atlas contains a title page, 8 maps, and a chronological history of the rise and fall of "Empires of the World" with a small inset map titled "Romani Imperii &c Typus." Includes a double-page map of the Roman Empire, and nice single page maps of ancient Italy, Greece, and Jerusalem. Hardbound in quarter leather with tips over marbled boards.

References: Phillips (Atlases) #14.

Condition: B+

Condition code is for the maps which are very good to near fine with occasional offsetting, spots of foxing, and marginal soiling. The thematic chart also has a 3" edge tear confined to the bottom blank margin that has been closed on verso with archival material. The hinges are starting, the spine is heavily rubbed, and the covers are bumped and worn.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/8/2023