A remarkable and very rare 1853 map of the gold discoveries in South Australia and Victoria. The map covers from Coffin Bay to Cape Ottoway and as far north as Mount Hopeless. Major gold discoveries are highlighted in yellow, and these include discoveries near Adelaide on the Onkaparinga River and in Victoria along the Loddon River, near Mt. Freeth, Daisy Hill, on Creswell Creek, Mt. Boninyon, and Ballarat. Other mines, such as the Burra Burra copper mines are also identified. In addition, the map shows early railroad development between Port Adelaide and Adelaide.
This map accompanied John Capper's 1853 Emigrant's Guide to Australia. 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. Right and left margin extended. Backed on archival tissue. Some wear on original fold lines.