1849 Meyer Map of Australia and East Indies

Asiatische Archipel und Neu Holland.

1849 Meyer Map of Australia and East Indies


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Asiatische Archipel und Neu Holland.
  1849 (dated)    9 x 11.5 in (22.86 x 29.21 cm)     1 : 32000000


This is a fine example of Joseph Meyer's 1849 map of Australia and the East India Islands. It covers from the Malay Peninsula to New Caledonia, including Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Melanesia. An interesting map issued just as most of the earth's non-polar shore has been explored. This example depicts Australia with good detail along the coast and a largely unexplored interior. Outline color identifies British, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese possessions. The lower left quadrant of the map features two insets detailing the southwestern part of Australia and New South Wales.

This map was issued as plate no. 15 in Meyer's Zeitung Atlas. Although all the maps in this atlas are not individually dated, the title page and maps were often updated while the imprint with the date was not, causing confusion to the exact date for some of the maps. Moreover some maps in the atlas were taped in at a later date as an update to the atlas. We have dated the maps in this collection to the best of our ability.


Joseph Meyer


Meyer, J., Meyer's Zeitung Atlas, 1852.     Meyer's Zeitung Atlas, formally titled Neuster Zeitungs-Atlas Fuer Alte und Neue Erdkunde was a popular German hand-atlas published in Heidelberg by Joseph Meyer between, roughly, 1848 and 1859. The atlas is well engraved in the German style with exceptionally dense detail and minimal decoration. Meyer's Atlas, and its constituent maps, are typically very difficult to date as later editions often contain earlier maps and earlier editions later paste-in updates. That said, the atlas' frequent updates and publication run during a turbulent decade provide a noteworthy cartographic record of the period.


Very good. Minor foxing at places. Blank on verso.