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A very good example of this important map of this rapidly developing country. The two main islands are clearly defined and are identified still by their Maori names but the coastlines and inset details indicate how much settlement was then ongoing. Inset plans include 'the bar and part of the Hokianga River', 'the entrance to Port Manoukao', 'Plan of Victoria' and 'Port Nicholson'. James Wyld was the second prominent geographer of one of the leading cartographic publishing families of the century. James I had grown the business in the 1820's with the stock of William Faden's business which he took over in 1823, but died relatively young at the age of 46 in 1836 apparently from overwork. His son James II had joined his father about 1830 and, becoming Geographer to the Queen and Prince Albert, developed the business with a reputation for fine, detailed and regularly up-dated maps of all areas - many regions newly brought to the British public's attention. With bright original outline colour and Wyld's trademark "piano-key" design border, a very attractive map.
mapmaker: J. Wyld
place and date of publication: London 1840 - 1854
medium and colour: steel plate, Original colourref: 43083
size in mm: 870 by 570mm (34.25 by 22.5 inches).
literature: R.V. Tooley Mapping of Australia, p 172, map 1401
Price: £ 750
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