[World as known to the Ancients] Untitled.
1823 (undated) 14.5 x 17.5 in (36.83 x 44.45 cm)
An unusual and beautiful 1823 manuscript map of The Ancient World, including Asia, europe and Africa. The map generally follows the historical atlas work of the english cartographer James Wyld however is a fully independent and unique hand rendered production. The manuscript geographical data and detail throughout is altogether outstanding and completed in a fine hand adept at decorative text and the rendering of rivers and mountains.
The map shows the world of classical antiquity from the Atlantic Ocean to Southeast Asia and from the Indian Ocean to the North Sea. It includes all of europe, Arabia, parts of Asia, including the Indian Subcontinent, and the northern parts of Africa. Color coding divides the ma by continent. Throughout there are interesting notations such as, in Africa, the 'Aethiopes Anthroophagi,' the city of Rapta identified by Ptolemy as the southernmost city, and the apocryphal Lune Montes in Africa
An altogether unique and wonderful one of a kind find.
James Wyld I (1790 - 1836) and his son James Wyld II (1812 - 1887) were the principles of English mapmaking dynasty active in London during much of the 19th century. The elder Wyld was a map publisher under William Faden and did considerable work on the Ordinance Survey. On Faden's retirement, the Wyld took over Faden's workshop acquiring many of his plates. Wyld's work can often be distinguished from his son's maps through his imprint, which he signed as "Successor to Faden". Following in his father's footsteps the younger Wyld joined the Royal Cartographical Society in 1830 at the tender age of 18. When his father died in 1836, James Wyld II was prepared to fully take over and expand his father's considerable cartographic enterprise. Like his father and Faden, Wyld II held the title of official Geographer to the Crown, in this case, Queen Victoria. Among his first major decisions was to move operations from William Faden's old office at Charing Cross East to a new larger space at 475 Strand. Wylde II also chose to remove Faden's name for all of his updated map plates. Wyld II continued to update and republish both his father's work and the work of William Faden well into the late 1880s. One of Wyld's most eccentric and notable achievements is his construction of a globe 20 meters in diameter in the heart of Leicester Square. In the 1840s Wyld also embarked upon a political career, being elected to parliament in 1847 and again in 1857. He died in 1887 following a prolific and distinguished career.
Very Good. Manuscript map. Original centerfold.