1851 (undated) 33.5 x 23.5 in (85.09 x 59.69 cm)
This is a fine example of Adam and Charles Black's map of Scotland. Divided into two separate maps, the upper map depicts northern Scotland from Blair Athol to the Island of Hoy (part of the Orkney Islands) in the north. An inset map on the upper right quadrant details the Orkney Islands and another inset near the left margin features St. Kilda. The lower map represents southern Scotland and covers from Coll Island to the Mull of Galloway. The lower left quadrant of this map features the Shetland Isles. This map was issued in the midst of Scotland's Industrial Revolution, in which it emerged as a regional center for engineering and shipbuilding. In 1843, against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution, during which Scotland flourished, the Church of Scotland witnessed a division in which many of its ministers, following a decade long conflict, broke away to form the Free Church of Scotland. Various towns, cities, roads, rivers, mountains and several other topographical details are noted with relief rendered by hachure. Both maps were engraved by Sidney Hall and issued as plate nos. IX and X for the 1851 edition of Black's General Atlas of the World.
Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day.
Sidney Hall (1788 - 1831) was an English engraver and map publisher active in London during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His earliest imprints, dating to about 1814, suggest a partnership with Michael Thomson, another prominent English map engraver. Hall engraved for most of the prominent London map publishers of his day, including Aaron Arrowsmith, William Faden, William Harwood, and John Thomson, among others. Hall is credited as being one of the earliest adopters of steel plate engraving, a technique that allowed for finer detail and larger print runs due to the exceptional hardness of the medium. Upon his early death - he was only in his 40s - Hall's business was inherited by his wife, Selina Hall, who continued to publish under the imprint, "S. Hall", presumably for continuity. The business eventually passed to Sidney and Selina's nephew Edward Weller, who became extremely prominent in his own right.
Black, A. and C., General Atlas Of The World, (Edinburgh) 1851.
Good. Minor wear and verso repair on original centerfolds. Even overall toning. Some foxing and offsetting.
Rumsey 2305.017, 2305.018, 2305.019 (1854 edition), . Philips (atlases) 4334.