C1864

Oceania, or Islands in the Pacific Ocean, on Mercators Projection, Comprising Polynesia, Malaysia and Australia.

First atlas issue of this detailed and up to-date map of the Pacific. Identified as the first issue by the lack of a map number in Roman numerals at top right that all later issues have, as well as showing … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Oceania, or Islands in the Pacific Ocean, on Mercators Projection, Comprising Polynesia, Malaysia and Australia.

Date:

C1864

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

485mm 
x 405mm

Paper Size: 

575mm 
x 465mm
AUTHENTICITY
Oceania, or Islands in the Pacific Ocean, on Mercators Projection, Comprising Polynesia, Malaysia and Australia. - Antique Map from 1864

Genuine antique
dated:

1864

Description:

First atlas issue of this detailed and up to-date map of the Pacific. Identified as the first issue by the lack of a map number in Roman numerals at top right that all later issues have, as well as showing Australia prior to the separation of Queensland from New South Wales which occurred on 6th June 1859.

Fullarton initially published and issued the maps for the The Royal Illustrated Atlas of the Modern World, in twenty seven parts from 1854 to 1862 which buyers would have had to have have bound. Then in 1864 he released a bound edition of the atlas which contained all the maps. The maps for both the parts and the first issue of the bound atlas do not have the maps numbered at top right. Given that most buyers of the maps in parts would have had them subsequently bound, it is consequently not possible to identify any these maps as being from the parts once they were later bound within an atlas and a date of 1864 has to be attributed (unless a map can be verified as been sourced from one of the original parts).

From Fullarton. A. The Royal Illustrated Atlas of the Modern World.

References:
Phillips, P. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington 1973 – 838.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1635489 (later issue with plate no 70)

 

References:
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: 1496.
Phillips, P. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington 1973: - 838.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 116025 (later issue with plate no 71)
David Rumsey Collection: 3007 (later issue with plate no)

John Bartholomew (1893 - )

Bartholomew was a Scottish cartographer born in Edinburgh. His father, also John Bartholomew, started the cartographical firm in Edinburg. He was subsequently assistant to the German geographer August Petermann, until in 1856 when he took over his father's firm. Bartholomew built up a reputation unsurpassed in Great Britain for the production of the finest cartographical work. Bartholomew was an in-house cartographer for George Philip. He is best known for the development of colour contouring (or hypsometric tints), the system of representing altitudes on a graduated colour scale, with areas of high altitude in shades of brown and areas of low altitude in shades of green. He first showcased his colour contouring system at the Paris Exhibition of 1878; although it initially met with scepticism, it went on to become standard cartographical practice. Among his numerous publications, particularly worthy of note is the series of maps of Great Britain reduced from the Ordnance Survey to scales of ½ inch and ¾ inch to 1 mile, with relief shown by contour lines and hypsometric tints. The ½ inch series is among the finest of its kind ever produced. Upon his retirement in 1888, John Bartholomew was succeeded in the firm by his son John George, who extended the ½ inch series, and applied its principles to many other works. For the last six years of his life Bartholomew was living at 32 Royal Terrace in Edinburgh. Bartholomew died in London on 29 March 1893.[2] He is buried with his mother and father in Grange Cemetery in Edinburgh, in the northwest section. His wife Annie MCGregor (1836–1872), whom he greatly outlived, is also buried there.

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