Philip's New Map of the Gold Fields of Australia comprising all the recent discoveries of Rev. W.B. Clarke, Mr. Hargraves, Mr. Hunter and others in the auriferous districts.
1853 (dated) 24.25 x 19.5 in (61.595 x 49.53 cm)
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A remarkable 1853 map of the Gold Discoveries in New South Sales, Victoria, Australia. The map, in original color, covers the southeast part of the Australian Continent from Clarence to Pot Phillip and Wilson Promontory. The map was published early in the history of Victoria gold rushes with the most prominent gold fields are shown appearing in New South Sales. These include the discoveries at Bathurst, Turon River, Ophir, Summerhill, Tamworth, Goulbourn, Quenbeyan and Araluen.
This map appeared in at least two states. The first, seen here, accompanied John Capper's 1853 Emigrant's Guide to Australia. Another edition was published separately by George Philip and Son and features different borders an updated geography. Although extremely rare today, the Capper Emigrant's Guide was popular in its day, going through at least three editions between 1853 and 1856.
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 Philp Jr. (1823 - 1902) into the firm, redubbing 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 still trades and publishes as George Philip & Son.
Capper, J., The Emigrant's Guide to Australia, (Liverpool: George Philip) 1853.
Good. Some repairs in the upper right. Backed on archival tissue. Right and bottom margins extended.