This is an impressive 1844 large format map of the world by Henry Teesdale. The map covers the entire world on a Mercator projection with copious notes and annotations throughout. The map is thorough, but predictably presented an highly Anglo-centric perspective - for example the discoveries of John Wilkes and the U.S. Exploring Expedition are completely omitted, no doubt in an effort to bolster the competing exploratory claims of Englishman John Ross. Teesdale's map is beautifully presented in two sections, each of which have been dissected into sixteen panels and backed on linen for easy folding and unfolding. The whole folds into a beautifully tooled leather binder with marbled endpapers. The enormous size of this map allows Teesdale to accommodate a quantity detailed annotations explaining of natural wonders, historical events, expirations, and political treaties. These are so prolific and charming we will allow them to speak for themselves:
Texas is represented at its fullest extent as in independent republic. An annotation reads: Texas was acknowledged an Independent State by England, Novr. 1840.
Just off the coast of Norway, at the site of the legendary Loften Maelstrom (alas, not the wonder today it once may once have been), the following annotation reads: The Maelstrom, This celebrated Whirlpool is an immense circle of a mile and a half in diameter; the Velocity increasing as it approximates the center, there forming a vortex, the largest Ship meet with instant destruction on entering it.
Off the northeastern coast of Australia the Great Barrier Reef is recognized in conjunction with the Bounty Mutiny: Great Barrier Reefs, here the Ship Pandora Capt. Edwards with 14 of the Mutinous crew of the Bounty on board who were captured at Otaheite was lost, 35 of th Crew and 4 of the Prisoners perished in the latter end of June 1791.
In Liberia, Africa: This district has been purchas'd from the Native Chiefs by a Company of American Philanthropists, (called the Colonization Society) for the purpose of forming Settlements for the Emancipated Slaves of the United States, and is now in a flourishing condition.
There are just a few of the dozens of interesting annotations throughout.
Teesdale and engraver John Crane Dower first issued this map in 1841 to compete with the 1837 Mitchell map of the world, which it resembles. Subsequent editions followed in 1842, 1844 (present example) and 1845. All examples are uncommon.
Henry Teesdale (December 1776 - January 1856) was a British map publisher active in the first half of the 19th century. Teesdale was born in London. He was elected to the Royal Geographical Society in 1830. Teesdale initially partnered with John Hordan and William Colling Hobson as Henry Teesdale and Company, but this partnership was dissolved in 1832. Afterwards Teesdale continued to publish maps and atlases on his own account. He worked with several major British map engravers of the period including John Crane Dower, Christopher Greenwood, and Josiah Henshall, among others. His most prominent work is a large map of the world engraved by Dower. He must have enjoyed considerable commercial success because in 1845 he is registered as a partner in the Royal Bank of Scotland. Teesdale died in January of 1856 and was buried in All Souls, Kensal Green.
John Crane Dower (1791 - February 20, 1847) was an English engraver, map publisher, and printer active in northern London during the first half of the 19th century. Dower had his office at 6 Cumming Place, Pentonville, London. He was most active as an engraver from 1820 to 1847, where he produced work for John Greenwood, William Fowler, Henry Teesdale, Thomas Moule, Geroge Bradshaw, and others. Dower passed his business on two his two sons, John James Downer, and Fredreric Jamesd Dower.
Very good. Bound into original leather binder. A couple of small scrapes, but overall very clean. Looks much better than image - which has shadows not visible