Geometrical Projection of Two Thirds of the Sphere by Col. Sir H. James, R.E.F.R.S: M.R.I.A: & c.
1860 27 x 27 in (68.58 x 68.58 cm)
This is a scarce and unusual hand colored map is an projection of to thirds of the earth centered on the pacific ocean and the polar Antarctic regions. Dates roughly to 1860. Antarctica itself is indication but not shown as it had yet to be fully defined as a landmass. Printed in a highly unorthodox circular style and divided into four linen mounted sheets. Prepared by Colonel Sir Henry James. A rare and peculiar piece.
Colonel Sir Henry James was appointed head of the British Topographical and Statistical Depot of the War Office in 1857. His work primarily consisted of military mapping in conjunction with the Ordinance Survey of the United Kingdom. As part of this work, James and his assistant, J. O'Farrell, developed the unique geometrical projection seen here. His intention, as outline in his most important work, the 1868 Atlas Portfolio, was "to map the world" based upon his sheetline and the Greenwich Meridian. Unfortunately, his grand project was never taken up by his successors and never reached completion.
Good condition with patchy discoloration here and there – particularly along the lower central split. Spit into four sheets mounted on linen. Folds neatly into a pie shaped wedge.