This unusual map, issued on fine linen, is the central sheet of Friedrich Jeppe's great wall map of South Africa, or the Transvaal. It is the last great map of South Africa to predate the Boer War. While Jeppe's full map consists of six sheets, the present offering is only the central sheet, containing the title. The map covers from Waterberg to Bethlehem and from Vredefort to M. W. Stroom. In contains the important cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Middleburg, Belfast, Heidelberg, Frankfort, Bethel, and others. There are some manuscript annotations here and there suggesting this map may have had an administrative purpose.
This map was published by Edward Stanford of London, and engraved and printed by Wurster, Randegger & Cie (J. Schlumpf) of Winterthur, Switzerland.
Friedrich Heidrich Jeppe (1834- July 17, 1898) was a German publisher and mapmaker active in South Africa during the second half of the 19th century. Jeppe was born in Rostock, Germany and relocated to South Africa in 1861, where it was employed as Postmaster-General of the Transvaal Republic, a position he maintained until 1875. Jeppe published numerous important large-format maps of South Africa from about 1867 onwards. He also published the Transvaal Almanac and Directory from about 1877 onwards. Also in that year, 1877, he was commissioned as Government Translator and Controller of Statistics in the office of the Colonial Secretary. Eventually he obtained the position of Chief Draughtsman in the Department of the Surveyor-General. He died in Pretoria on July 17 of 1898 and is interred at the Old Cemetery, Pretoria.
Edward Stanford (May 27, 1827 - November 3, 1904) was one of the most prolific map publishing firms of the late 19th century. The company began as a partnership in 1848 between the 21 year old Edward Stanford and the established map dealer Trelawney Saunders. By 1853 the partnership had dissolved and Edward Stanford took full control of the business. A subsequent series of expansions and exciting new map issues finally led to the production of Stanford's masterwork, "Stanford's Library Map of London". This map is still available and remains somewhat accurate. At the time of publishing it was hailed by the Royal Geographical Society as "the most perfect map of London that has ever been issued". In 1882 Edward Stanford Sr. passed the firm on to his son, Edward Stanford Jr. who continued in his father's proud tradition. Today the Stanford firm still publishes maps and remains one of the most important and prolific cartographic publishers in the world.
Good. Some soiling here and there, particularly along original fold lines. Printed on fine linen.