A Map of Ireland divided into Provinces and Counties shewing the Great and Cross Roads with the Distances of the Principal Towns from Dublin.


Title:
A Map of Ireland divided into Provinces and Counties shewing the Great and Cross Roads with the Distances of the Principal Towns from Dublin.
Date:
C1854
Mapmaker:
James Wyld (1812-1887)
Image Size:
710mm x 545mm (27.95" x 21.46")
Sheet Size:
800mm x 585mm (31.5" x 23.03")
Condition:
In good condition, with centre fold as issued.
Technique:
Hand coloured copper engraving.
Price:

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$A 575
Stock Number:
WNGA 017 IRE (NGPD) (RW01-C)
Description:

Very detailed large map of Ireland showing all the major roads by James Wyld, geographer to the Queen.

James Wyld was one of Britain’s best known mapmakers and mapsellers. His many maps provided the most up to date and accurate information derived directly from explorers and parliamentary sources. He was famous for building ‘Wyld’s Great Globe’, a hall in the shape of a globe some 18 metres in diameter in which visitors could ‘see’ the world from inside out. The attraction, in London’s Leicester Square, was second only to the Great Exhibition in visitor numbers.

Collections: 
National Library of Australia: Bip id 44350647

Biography:

James Wyld - the younger (1812-1887)

James Wyld the younger, born in 1812, was a highly-regarded British mapmaker known for producing maps with the most recently-acquired information. He was educated at Woolwich, in preparation for joining the army, but at 18 he joined his father, James Wyld the elder, in the map publishing business. Like his father, he was held in high esteem and would come to hold 17 European orders of merit during his life. He showed a flare for business and when his father died in 1836, he became the sole proprietor. In 1839, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and appointed Royal Geographer to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1839, a post his father had held prior to his death. He was famous for his prolific and up-to-date mapmaking, so much so that the satirical newspaper Punch wrote in 1849 that Wyld ‘makes it his business to see further than anyone else’ and that if a new country were to be found in the centre of the earth, Wyld’s skills were such that he would in no time create a ‘Grand Map of that delightful spot, the Centre of the Earth, published for the use of Emigrants’, allowing travel from Sydney to London, not by land but through. This view was no doubt spurred by the construction of ‘Wyld’s Great Globe’, a spherical hall in the shape of a globe some 18 metres in diameter in which visitors could ‘see’ the world from the inside out. The attraction at London’s Leicester Square was second only to the Great Exhibition in visitor numbers. He ran the attraction while concurrently serving as a Whig Member of Parliament for the seat of Bodmin (1847-1852 and 1857-1868). He died in 1887 in Kensington after which his son James John Cooper Wyld, took over the business.

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