C1853

Australasia.

Rare early issue of this map of Australia made at the time of Australia’s gold discoveries. From Black, A. & C. Atlas of Australia with all the gold regions. Edinburgh

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S/N: BAOAU-001-AM-1853–432468
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Details

Full Title:

Australasia.

Date:

C1853

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

375mm 
x 220mm

Paper Size: 

447mm 
x 326mm
AUTHENTICITY
Australasia. - Antique Map from 1853

Genuine antique
dated:

1853

Description:

Rare early issue of this map of Australia made at the time of Australia’s gold discoveries.

From Black, A. & C. Atlas of Australia with all the gold regions. Edinburgh

References:
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: 183-188.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3044204
State Library New South Wales: Call Numbers:Q980.01/B
State Library Victoria: MAPR 912.94 B56

Sidney Hall (1788 - 1831)

A London engraver from fl. 1817 to 1831 who worked at first from 18 Strand, and moved to Bury street Bloomsbury in 1819. He engraved general atlases and separate maps for various authors and publishers. Upon his early death - he was only in his 40s - Hall's business was inherited and continued by his wife, Selina Hall.

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Selina Hall (1780 - 1853)

Selina Hall (1780?–1853) was a British engraver and printer in London who prepared maps for several well-known works including John Gorton's A Topographical Dictionary, Charles Black's 1840 General Atlas and several Chapman & Hall publications. Born Selina Price in Radnorshire around 1780, she was listed as a creditor and beneficiary of London mapmaker and engraver Michael Thomson. In 1821, she married Thomson's business partner Sidney Hall. Hall took over the business from her husband upon his death in 1831. At that time and place it was illegal for married women to own businesses, however, unmarried women (including widows) could own businesses. Maps engraved by Sidney Hall were signed "Engraved by Sidy. Hall" while Selina marked her maps as "Engraved by S. Hall." The similarity in their signatures caused extensive misattribution of her works to her deceased husband. From 1831 until her death, she operated at 18 Bury Street in the Bloomsbury District of London. Hall died in 1853 around the age of 73. The business was carried on by her nephew Edward Weller.

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