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Lovely mid-19th century map of South America

Place/Date: London / ca. 1854
$600.
Title: Colombia Prima or South America Drawn from the Large Map in Eight Sheets by Louis Stanislas D’Arcy Delarochette
Dimensions
78 x 106.5 cm (31 x 42 in)
Identifier
NL-00559
Coloring
Original color
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

Stunning and detailed map of South America, from James Wyld’s A New General Atlas of Modern Geography and based on the eight sheet map of South America (‘Colombia Prima’) by Delarochette. Included are a table showing civil divisions with square miles and population figures, along with three altitude insets after Humboldt.

Cartographer(s)

James Wyld

James Wyld (1812–1887) was a British geographer and map-seller.

The eldest son of James Wyld the Elder, Wyld became the sole owner of the thriving family mapmaking business based in Charing Cross on his father’s death in 1836. His maps, which covered regions as diverse as London and the gold fields of California, were regarded highly, and Wyld himself had an excellent reputation as a mapmaker; he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1839, and he was appointed Geographer to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (as had been his father before him).

Condition Description

On linen; comes with original case. Some wear; small spot above the westernmost elevation profile.

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