C1840

Tasmania or Van Diemens Land

First issue of this detailed map of Tasmania with inset of Kings Island at lower left, eleven counties outlined in colour and with Prince Alberts name in the imprint.

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Details

Full Title:

Tasmania or Van Diemens Land

Date:

C1840

Condition:

Left hand side margin partially reinstated, otherwise in good condition. With folds as issued. Laid on archival linen.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

390mm 
x 540mm

Paper Size: 

416mm 
x 580mm
AUTHENTICITY
Tasmania or Van Diemens Land - Antique Map from 1840

Genuine antique
dated:

1840

Description:

First issue of this detailed map of Tasmania with inset of Kings Island at lower left, eleven counties outlined in colour and with Prince Alberts name in the imprint.

References:
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979: 1422, p.175.
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Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 4085000

James Hope Wyld (1812 - 1887)

Wyld the younger was born in 1812 and 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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