1890 Bartholomew Map of Queensland and South Australia, Australia

South Australia.  Queensland and British New Guinea.

1890 Bartholomew Map of Queensland and South Australia, Australia




South Australia. Queensland and British New Guinea.
  1890 (undated)    12.5 x 17.5 in (31.75 x 44.45 cm)


This is a fine example of Bartholomew's 1890 map of South Australia and Queensland in Australia. The map is divided into two parts, with the map on the left featuring the southern part of the Australian state of South Australia and the map on the right featuring Queensland. South Australia is covered from Taunton south as far as Grey and west as far as Musgrave. Queensland is covered in its entirety and includes the Territory of Papua (British New Guinea as it was annexed by Britain just two year prior to the issue of this map) on the island of New Guinea. The Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland is marked. Both maps are highly detailed along the coast line and are color coded according to regions and territories. Various rivers, railways, towns, cities, ports and several other topographical details are noted. Relief is shown by hachure. This map was issued as page no. 83 in Bartholomew's Library Reference Atlas.


The Bartholomew Family (fl. c. 1810 - 1920) is clan of map publishers active in London through the 19th century. They represent one of the great names in British cartography. The cartographic story of the Bartholomew family begins with George Bartholomew (January, 8 1784 - October 23, 1871, active from 1797), an engraver in the employ of the Daniel Lizars firm of Edinburgh. George was the first of six generations in the Bartholomew map-making dynasty. It was his son, John Bartholomew Sr. (1805 - April 9, 1861) who ultimately founded John Bartholomew and Sons in 1828. The John Bartholomew firm produced thousands of maps and rose to become one of the largest and most prolific cartography firms in Scotland. John Sr. was succeeded by his son, also John Bartholomew Jr. (1831-93). John George Bartholomew (1860-1920), son of John Bartholomew (1831-93) took control of the firm at its height. John George was a charter member of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and supported the creation of a National Institute of Geography - a good idea that never took off. John George is also reliably attributed to be the first to bring the term "Antarctica" into popular usage as a denominator for the Southern Continent. In recognition of his work, John George was awarded a warrant from the king and often used the title "Cartographer to the King" on his imprint. Among his friends and admirers he was referred to as the "Prince of Cartography". Today the John Bartholomew firm has been absorbed into the HarperCollins family of publishers. The vast archive of maps and atlases produced by the Bartholomew family has since been transferred to the National Library of Scotland where it is currently in the cataloguing process.


Bartholomew, J., Library Reference Atlas of the World, (Edinburgh) 1890.    


Very good. Minor wear on original fold line.
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