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1890 Philip Schoolboy Map of Africa

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1890 Philip Schoolboy Map of Africa



  1890 (undated)     13 x 11 in (33.02 x 27.94 cm)


This is a whimsical example of an 1890 Philip's schoolboy / schoolgirl map of Africa. Covers the continent from the Mediterranean Sea to the Cape of Good Hope and includes parts of Spain, France and Italy. The publishing group of George Philip & Son Ltd. supplied atlases and textbook for school children. These would typically be maps with outlines or borders printed out, and students would be required to fill in the various countries and regions within to learn about geographical regions. This particular map appears to be one such example filled in by one Laurence Dulus. Various countries, cities, islands, regions and oceans are identified with elevations rendered in pencil. This map is part of the textbook atlas published by George Philip & Son, London and Liverpool.


George Philip (1800 - 1882) was a map publisher and cartographer active in the in the mid to late-19th century. Philip was born into a Calvinst family in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Around 1819 he apprenticed himself to William Grapel, a Liverpool printer and bookseller. Fifteen years later, in 1834, Philip founded his own Liverpool book and map firm. Philip's earliest cartographic ventures were mostly educational material issued in tandem with John Bartholomew Sr., August Petermann and William Hughes. In 1848, Philip admitted his son, George Philip Jr. (1823 - 1902) into the firm, renaming it George Philip & Son Ltd. George Philip Jr. ran the firm until his death in 1902 by which time it had developed into a major publishing concern. His successors established the London Geographical Institute, a factory where they embraced modern printing techniques to produce thousands of economical and high quality maps. In April of 1988, George Philip & Son was acquired by Octopus Publishing, a branch of Reed International. Nonetheless, today the firm trades and publishes to this day as George Philip and Son. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Blank on Verso. Original Centerfold. Verso repair on centerfold extending approximately 5 inches from right margin.