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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.



Maps by British cartographer J. Dower. Though other countries, including the United States, had by then developed cartographic industries of considerable quality, British map publishers were still the best in the world. This map is typical of their output, with clear and precise engraving depicting copious up-to-date information. Towns, rivers, roads, political boundaries and topography are shown from throughout. The hand coloring, beautifully applied, makes this map as handsome as it is interesting.

Dower: New South Wales
John Dower. "Colony of New South Wales." From A New General Atlas of the World. London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1834. 13 1/4 x 16 1/4. Engraving by J. Dower. Original outline color. Very good condition. $175

Dower: Tasmania
John Dower. "Van-Diemans Land." From A New General Atlas of the World. London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1834. 16 x 13. Engraving by J. Dower. Original outline color. Very good condition. $175

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.

Tallis: Victoria
John Tallis. "Victoria or Port Phillip." From The Illustrated Atlas. London: John Tallis & Co., [1851]. approx. 10 x 13. Illustrations drawn by H. Warren and engraved by J. Rogers. Original outline color. Very good condition. $175

Tallis: Tasmania
John Tallis. "Van Diemen's Island or Tasmania." From The Illustrated Atlas. London: John Tallis & Co., [1851]. approx. 10 x 13. Illustrations drawn by H. Warren and engraved by J. Rogers. Original outline color. Very good condition. $175

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: Australia
"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



Maps from a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 80s, keeping their maps as current as possible. These handsome maps are good examples of their output.

Black: Australia
J. Bartholomew, F.R.G.S. "Australia." From Black's General Atlas. Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1865. Lithograph printed in color. 19 3/4 x 15 1/4. Horizontal fold as issued. Repaired tear in margin. Else, very good condition. $185

Black: Pacific
J. Bartholomew, F.R.G.S. "Oceania and Pacific Ocean." From Black's General Atlas. Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1865. Lithograph printed in color. 19 3/4 x 15 1/4. Horizontal fold as issued. Repaired tear in margin. Else, very good condition. $185

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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