1840 (undated) 11 x 16 in (27.94 x 40.64 cm)
A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of the World in Two Hemispheres. The map offers a fascinating snapshot of the world during a period of rapid globalization and discovery. Africa, Australia and New Zealand are largely unmapped with coastlines accurately rendered. The Antarctic continent, first believed to be sighted in 1820, but neglected during the 19th century, does not appear on the map. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.
Charles and Adam Black (fl. 1807 - present) were map and book publishers based in Edinburgh. Charles and his uncle, Adam, both 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.
Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.
Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible.
Rumsey 2305.002 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.