VANCE, David H. (fl. c. 1825). Map of the United States of North America Compiled from the Latest and Most Authentic Information. Philadelphia: Anthony Finley, 1829.
Large school room wall map (63 ½ x 55 inches). Engraved by J.H. Young. Hand-colored. (recently re-mounted on new linen with new ribbon bindings, scroll, and top molding attached).
Provenance: The Estate of David Spinney.
A stunning, scarce map of the United States, extending to the 22/28 parallel west of Washington DC. Predates Tanner's 1829 Map of the United States. Contemporary with Lay, but a much more ambitious production. With a large inset Map of North America (the same map that appeared in the 1826 Finley American Atlas), a list of the Principal Steamboat Routes, a Statistical Table of the United States, and an illustration showing the Comparative Elevation of the Principal Mountains and Hills in the United States. This map was advertised in the 1824 General Atlas by Anthony Finley. The country west of the Mississippi is clearly derived from Long's map of 1822. There are curious and indecipherable lines and small white squares on the upper part of the map. This map is among the last joint efforts of a key early American cartographic partnership. Anthony Finley 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. For more information on this map, or a warm welcome to see other books and maps of our collection at 72nd Street NYC, please contact Natalie Zadrozna.