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1837 Dower Map of Van Dieman's Land or Tasmania

Van Dieman's Land. - Main View

1837 Dower Map of Van Dieman's Land or Tasmania



Van Dieman's Land.
  1837 (undated)     10.5 x 8.5 in (26.67 x 21.59 cm)


A very rare and unusual example of John Dower's 1837 map of Tasmania or Van Dieman's Land. Depicts the island in considerable detail with good notes on geographical features, especially along the coast. Maps of Tasmania are exceptionally rare and this one is no exception. Prepared by John Dower and published by Orr and Smith in 1837.


John James Dower (June 1, 1825 - 1901) was a well-respected mapmaker, print seller, and publisher based in London, England. Dower is the heir to the more prominent London engraver and mapmaker John Crane Dower (1791 - 1847). Dower worked with many prominent middle to late 19th century London map publishers including Weller, Cassell, Bacon, Petermann, and others. He was elected to the Royal Geographical Society in 1854. Dower also published on maps his own account including one atlas and various school geographies. In addition to his cartographic work, Dower is well known as an engraver of military scenes. More by this mapmaker...


Very good condition. Original centerfold, as issued. Minor age toning. Else clean. Blank on verso.


National Library of Australia, Map Room, MAP RM 2042.