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1851 Black Map of New South Wales, Australia


Part of Australia comprising the settled portions of New South Wales and South Australia.
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Title:    Part of Australia comprising the settled portions of New South Wales and South Australia.

Description:    This is a fine example of the 1851 Black Map of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. It covers the settled areas of New South Wales and South Australia. Victoria, which became an independent colony separate from New South Wales only in July 1851, the year this map was published, is here depicted as part of New South Wales. The interior is relatively unknown though, at this point in history, the coastlines are accurately mapped. Parts of modern day Victoria are identified as 'Australia Felix' (the early name given to the lush green pastures of western Victoria). An inset map in the lower left quadrant details the Norfolk Island, while the lower right quadrant lists the counties in New South Wales. Various cities, towns, rivers, mountains, bays and several other topographical details are noted with relief shown by hachures. This map was engraved by William Hughes and issued as plate no. LVI in the 1851 edition of Black's General Atlas of the World.

Date:    1851 (undated)

Source:    Black, A. and C., General Atlas Of The World, (Edinburgh) 1851.    

References:    Philips (atlases) 4334.

Cartographer:    Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.

Cartographer:    William Hughes (c. 1818 - May 21, 1876) was a cartographer, engraver, lithographer, printer, and publisher active in London during the middle part of the 19th century. Hughes enjoyed and long and varied cartographic career. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1838 and, from about 1840, taught geography and mapmaking at St. Johns College for Civil Engineers. He later taught the same at both Queens College and Kings College, London. For a time he was employed as a map librarian for the British Museum. Hughes began engraving maps around 1839 and worked with most of the prominent British map and atlas publishers of his era, including but not limited to Charles Knight, A. and C. Black, George Philip, William Cassell, and others. Click here for a list of rare maps by William Hughes.

Size:   Printed area measures 16 x 11.5 inches (40.64 x 29.21 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Minor overall toning. Blank on verso.

Code:   NewSouthWales-black-1851 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)


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