5 December 2008
VANCE, David H. Map Of The United States Of North America... Philadelphia: Anthony Finley, 1828.
Engraved wall map, 1282 x 1518 mm (60½ x 50 inches), printed on six sheets, with contemporary color, including map inset, 500 x 445 mm (19 x 20 inches), statistical table, and mountain elevations. (Professionally restored repairing some old tears, affecting some letters, backed with modern linen, occasional minor soiling, heaviest at top.) Trimmed in maroon cloth, on contemporary rollers.
Later edition, after the first of 1825. A striking wall map of the United States, among the last joint efforts of a key early American cartographic partnership. Anthony Finley's is best known for his famous atlas first published in 1824. All of the maps in Finley's ambitious production were drawn by D.H. Vance, making him a significant contributor to American map-making in the era before Mitchell and Colton reinvented commercial cartography. Vance continued to draw for Finley at least until Mitchell began re-issuing Finley's atlas under his own imprint. When Vance's name was dropped from the Mitchell issues, he appears to have disappeared from cartographic publishing. The present map shows the United States as far west as Missouri Territory, with county grids applied where relevant. A large inset of North America shows the vague West as Mexican territory, with the most basic attempt made to place rivers and mountains. Rare. Not in Rumsey nor on OCLC. Phillips Maps, p.884 (ref); Ristow, pp.303-04; Streeter sale VI:3820 (ref).
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