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1878 Stanford Map of Western Lake Nyassa or Lake Malawi, Africa


Route Survey of the Western Side of Lake Nyassa.
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Title:    Route Survey of the Western Side of Lake Nyassa.

Description:    This is an uncommon example of the 1879 Stanford map of Lake Nyassa or Lake Malawi, Africa. This map focuses on the western part of the lake from Kuta Bay to Mt. Mpenya. Contains inset map of the northern part of Nyassa in lower left quadrant. This map was issued to illustrate the explorations of James Stewart in preparation for a proposed roadway connecting Lake Nyassa to Lake Tanganyika. Steward was also the found of the Livingstonia (Kondowe) mission, named in honor of the deceased explorer David Livingstone. Various rivers, mountains, islands and other topographical details are noted. This map was published by edward Stanford for inclusion in volume 1 of the 1879 Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography.

Date:    1878 (dated)

Source:    Stanford, E., 'Livingstonia Mission', Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography, Vol. 1, 1879.    

Cartographer:    Alexander Keith Johnston (28 December 1804 - 9 July 1871) was a Scottish cartographer and map publisher active in the middle portion of the 19th century. Johnson was born at Kirkhill, near Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied at the University of Edinburgh where he apprenticed as an engraver. Aroun 1826, in partnership with his brother William, Johnston he founded a cartographic printing and engraving firm with the imprint "W. and A. K. Johnston". Johnston made a name for himself in educational geography, publishing numerous maps for use in schools. His brother, William Johnston, eventually left the firm to pursue a career in politics, eventually becoming the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. Alexander's son, who would bear the same name, became a geographer and explorer, suffering an untimely death on the Royal Geographical Society's 1879 expedition to Lake Nyasa. Click here for a list of rare maps by A. K. Johnston.

Cartographer:    Edward Stanford was one of the most prolific map publishing firms of the late 19th century. The company began as a partnership in 1848 between the 21 year old Edward Stanford and the established map dealer Trelawney Saunders. By 1853 the partnership had dissolved and Edward Stanford took full control of the business. A subsequent series of expansions and exciting new map issues finally led to the production of Stanford's masterwork, "Stanford's Library Map of London". This map is still available and remains somewhat accurate. At the time of publishing it was hailed by the Royal Geographical Society as "the most perfect map of London that has ever been issued". In 1882 Edward Stanford Sr. passed the firm on to his son, Edward Stanford Jr. who continued in his father's proud tradition. Today the Stanford firm still publishes maps and remains one of the most important and prolific cartographic publishers in the world. Click here for a list of rare maps by Edward Stanford and Son.

Size:   Printed area measures 21 x 9.25 inches (53.34 x 23.495 centimeters)

Condition:    Good. Wear and toning on original fold lines, with small portions missing along the center fold. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue.

Code:   LakeNyassa-stanford-1879 (to order by phone call: 646-384-4040)


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