C1843

Australia

First edition of this large scale c.19th map of Australia by Alexander Keith Johnston (1804–1871) the Geographer Royal for Great Britain. The map shows Australia prior to the discovery of gold, showing a hypothetical Lake Torrens, the 19 counties in … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Australia

Date:

C1843

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

612mm 
x 503mm

Paper Size: 

645mm 
x 533mm
AUTHENTICITY
Australia - Antique Map from 1843

Genuine antique
dated:

1843

Description:

First edition of this large scale c.19th map of Australia by Alexander Keith Johnston (1804–1871) the Geographer Royal for Great Britain. The map shows Australia prior to the discovery of gold, showing a hypothetical Lake Torrens, the 19 counties in New South Wales and 23 in Western Australia are shown. Discoverers of parts of the Australian coastline are also noted. Inland exploration is virtually limited to the south eastern part of Australia.

From: Johnston, A.K. The National Atlas of Historical, Commercial and Political Geography, constructed from the Most Recent and Authentic Sources

References:
Phillips, P. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington 1973 799.
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: 755

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1990247 [1854?]
State Library Victoria: Record ID 9936588333607636
National Library New Zealand: MapColl -f100a 1855 51133 (1855)
Stanford Library: G1019 .J63 1855 FF [1854]
David Rumsey Collection: 0373A (1860)
Library of Congress Washington D.C.: CALL NUMBER G1019 .J58 1857

Alexander Keith Johnston (1804 - 1871)

Johnston was a Scottish cartographer educated the University of Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to the Edinburgh engraver and mapmaker, James Kirkwood. In 1826 he and his brother William began in a printing and engraving business, forming the well-known firm of W. and A. K. Johnston. Johnston was a prolific mapmaker and publisher. He was soon professionally recognised by being appointed Geographer Royal of Scotland. In October 1849 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in 1862 he was a founding member of the Meteorological Society of Scotland.

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