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Mathew Carey. "A New and Accurate Map of New South Wales." Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1814. 10 1/2 x 8 3/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition. Tooley: 32.

An interesting and attractive map of New South Wales, Australia, that was drawn, engraved, printed, and hand colored in Philadelphia. The map was published by Mathew Carey in 1814, and was from Carey's General Atlas which represented the best American cartographic work of the period. Carey, an Irish immigrant, established the first American specialized cartographic publishing firm. He set up an elaborate cottage system of craftsmen for engraving, printing, and coloring his maps utilizing the best independent artists directed to a common end. Carey is important, then, not only for the excellent maps he produced, but for his setting the pattern for American map publishing, to be followed by the likes of John Melish and Henry S. Tanner. This map of Australia is based on a 1794 map by R. Wilkinson, which used surveys of the coast by Watkin Tench and others for its material. This map would have provided some of the earliest information available to Americans on this continent on the other side of the world. $175

Thomson Australia
John Thomson. "New Holland and Asiatic Isles." From A New General Atlas. Edinburgh: J. Thomson, 1821. 19 5/8 x 24 1/8. Engraving. Original hand color. A few marginal blemishes. Very good condition. Denver.

A very interesting map of Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and the islands of the southwestern Pacific. In the early nineteenth century, many ships lied these waters in search of whale oil, so knowledge of the islands and continent grew each year. On this map the coast of Australia is clearly delineated. with the coastline nearly drawn and descriptions of the land as seen from the sea given. Settlement was sparse and hugging the coast, as well documented here. New Zealand is also shown with good detail, and the many islands in, for instance, the Spice Islands, Solomons, and New Hebrides are accurately shown. $375

"Australia." From Family Cabinet Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832. 3 1/2 x 5 3/8. Engraving by J. Yeager. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

In 1831, Thomas Starling issued his Family Cabinet Atlas in 12mo format, each small map filled with precise detail. A year later, the Philadelphia firm of Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea issued their version of this atlas, "Revised, Corrected and Enlarged." The maps were based on the British atlas, but with the plates re-engraved. Each map depicts towns, political divisions, rivers, lakes, and nicely engraved topography. The hand color and small size makes these maps as charming as they are interesting. $125

Maps from the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. London: Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), 1833-40. 12 1/2 x 15 1/2. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.

This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. They produced these maps of Australia and New Zealand at an early stage in their history. Published just at the end of the era of transportation of convicts to Australia and near the beginning of the colonial development of the continent, which included the establishments of the colonies of South Australia (1834), and North Australia (1838), as well as the beginnings of settlement in Victoria. The geographical and political information shown of this important period in the history of the nation is fascinating.

Australia and New Zealand
David Burr. "New Holland and New Zealand." From A New Universal Atlas (1835). New York: Illman & Pilbrow, 1834. 10 1/2 x 12 5/8. Engraving by Illman & Pilbrow. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

A scarce map focusing on Australia and New Zealand. It was drawn by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. He began work shortly thereafter on his New Universal Atlas, which was completed in 1835 and contained fine maps of all parts of the world. This map shows "New Holland" in the west and "New South Wales" in the east of Australia, with extensive information around the coast, but very little interior information. New Zealand is shown topographically, again with some coastal detail. The New Hebrides and a few other surrounding islands are shown. $225

Dower South Wales
Two maps from John Dower's A New General Atlas of the World. London: H. Teesdale & Co., 1842. Engravings. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

The precise and detailed maps from John Dower's atlas are typical of the high quality cartographic output of British map makers in the first half of the nineteenth century. Dower had access to excellent information about the extended British empire (which he always indicated with red on his maps), and these two maps of part of Australia are of particular interest.

Tallis Tasmania
Maps from Tallis' The Illustrated Atlas. London: John Tallis & Co., [1851]. Each approx. 10 x 13. Maps engraved by J. Rapkin. Original outline color. Very good condition. Denver.

Beginning in 1851, John Tallis & Co. issued their Illustrated Atlas, which contained maps of all parts of the world. These detailed maps are particularly known for their decorative borders and the small, finely engraved vignettes of local scenes. These are some of the most interesting mid-nineteenth century maps of Australia.

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J.H. Colton. "Australia." New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1855. 13 x 15 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A nice example of American cartography. Information of the coast is good, with some inland details given in the southeast, but little of other parts of the interior. $175

"Johnson's Australia." New York: Johnson & Ward, 1864. 13 1/4 x 15 1/4. Lithography. Full original hand-color. A few spots from impurities in the paper. Overall, very good condition.

An attractive map of Australia from A.J. Johnson's mid-nineteenth century atlas of the world. The Johnson firm, out of New York City, went through several manifestations and was one of the leading cartographic publishers in the latter half of the century, producing a large corpus of popular atlases. This finely detailed map is an good example of Johnson's, and thus early American, cartography. $165

Gray's Australia
Frank A. Gray. "Gray's New Map of Australia." Philadelphia: O.W. Gray & Son, 1878. 13 1/2 x 16 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

The increased detail, especially of the interior, of this American map copyrighted in 1878, shows how much was learned of the continent compared to the maps from the preceding decades (cf. above). Topographical features abound, and many towns, cities and small settlements are indicated. $100

J. Bartholomew. "Australia." From Black's General Atlas of The World. Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1884. Lithograph. Original color. Very good condition.

From a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the second half of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 80s, keeping their maps as current as possible. This handsome map is a good example of their output. $125

"Tunison's Australia." Jacksonville, Illinois: H.C. Tunison, 1885. Wax engraving. Original color. 9 1/2 x 12 1/4. Very good condition.

A handsome map of Australia from Tunison's Peerless Universal Atlas. With the development of wax engraving (cerography), more maps and atlases were able to be produced in cities beyond the major centers of New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Henry C. Tunison issued a series of fine atlases beginning in 1885 and lasting into the beginning of the twentieth century. This is a nice example of his output, showing Australia at an early stage of its development. $45

"Australia." Chicago: Geographical Publishing Co., 1931. 10 x 15. Printed in colors. Very good condition.

A map from between the World Wars issued by a Chicago rival to Rand McNally. $35


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