Antique Map Australia by Wyld titled ‘Map of Australia, Compiled from the Nautical Surveys, Made by Order of the Admiralty, and other Authentic Documents’.
Fascinating map of Australia from the important James Wyld map sequence featuring discoveries from recent expeditions into the interior.
Australia in 1841, when the coastlines of the subcontinent were well defined following the explorations of Matthew Flinders and others, however, a majority of the interior remained a complete enigma. Most of the settlement is concentrated in two regions, the eighteen counties in New South Wales (which then included all of Queensland) centered around Sydney and the twenty-six counties centered around Perth in Western Australia (still referred to as ‘New Holland’). Southern Australia, the only state with defined borders, is depcited, however, Victoria remains unorganized territory called ‘Australia Felix’, shown a decade before the gold rush. Van Diemen’s Land or Tasmania, which is detailed in a large inset, shows development in its westerns regions with nine counties having been laid out.
Importantly the map depicts the recent discoveries of several explorers, especially with respect to the conspicuous detail in the interior of what in now Victoria and the far southern part of New South Wales. On various treks from 1824 to 1828. Hamilton Hume, discovered the overland route from Sydney to Port Philipp (the future site of Melbourne), as well as the Darling River, the Murray River’s longest tributary. Knowledge of the Murray Basin and surrounding regions was expanded upon by the expeditions of Charles Sturt from 1828 to 1830 and Sir Thomas Mitchell from 1831 to 1836. Mitchell had previously been responsible for the mapping of the settled regions of New South Wales as shown on this map, an achievement for which he received his knighthood.
The present map is one of Wyld’s the sequence of continually updated maps of Australia, the first state of which appeared in 1833. The series iss of great historical importance for it played a definitive role in recording the rapid progress of exploration and development during Australia’s formative years. James Wyld (1812-87) was then one of the world’s leading mapmakers, holding the title of official Geographer to Queen Victoria. (National Library of Australia, Bib ID 209675.)
Description: Antique print titled ‚ÄėFringilla, Spinus'. This print depicts the Eurasian Siskin with nest and eggs (Dutch: Sijs).¬†The Eurasian siskin (Spinus spinus) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is also called the European siskin, common siskin or just siskin. Other (archaic) names include black-headed goldfinch, barley bird and aberdevine.It is very common throughout Europe and Asia. It is found in forested areas, both coniferous and mixed woodland where it feeds on seeds of all kinds, especially of alder and conifers.
This print originates from 'Nederlandsche Vogelen; volgens hunne huisdouding, aert, en eigenschappen beschreeven', Amsterdam, 1770-1829 by C. Nozeman, M. Houttuyn and J.C. Sepp. This is the most important and first study in the Netherlands of ornithology at that time. The birds are depicted as they are in life, said to be depicted close to life sized and in their environment.
Original text page included.¬†
Artists and engravers: This monumental work is associated with Christiaan Andreas Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp, Jan Sepp, Cornelis Nozeman, Martinus Houttuyn and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.
- Date: 1789
- Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
- Image size: 27.5 x 41.3 cm.
- Condition: Very good. General age-related toning. Please study image carefully.
Description:¬†Antique map titled 'India quae Orientalis dicitur et Insulae Adiacentes'. Beautiful¬†map of Southeast Asia, extending from India to Tibet to Japan to New Guinea.¬†It was the first popular map to depict part of Australia. Includes a¬†dedicational cartouche to Laurens Real.
Artists and Engravers:¬†Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals like Descartes and Hugo Grotius. In 1635, he released his atlas,¬†Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus.¬†Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his father‚Äôs business rather than practice. After his father‚Äôs death, the brothers took over their father‚Äôs shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father‚Äôs¬†Atlas novus,¬†eventually releasing his masterpiece, the¬†Atlas maior,¬†between 1662 and 1672.
- Date: c.1640
- Overall size: 60 x 49.5 cm.
- Image size: 50.5 x 41 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Repair on folding line and repaired tear near Borneo. Few stains, mainly in margins. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'S√ľd-Asiatische Thiere'. Engraving of various animals of Southeast Asia including the tailor bird, cockatoo, a goose, hornbill, bird of paradise, a bengal tiger and a leopard species. Source unknown, to be determined.¬†
Artists and Engravers: Anonymous.
- Date: c.1860
- Overall size: 19 x 25 cm.
- Image size: 18 x 23 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Some wear and soiling, blank verso. Please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'Avis pugnax mas'. Old bird print of the male ruff bird¬†(Calidris pugnax), amedium-sized¬†wading bird¬†that breeds in¬†marshes¬†and wet¬†meadows¬†across northern¬†Eurasia¬†. This highly¬†gregarious¬†sandpiper¬†is¬†migratory¬†and sometimes forms huge flocks in its winter grounds, which include southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia. This print originates from 'The Natural History of Birds' by E. Albin. This is the rarest and most highly prized of Albin‚Äôs works as it was hand coloured entirely by Albin and his daughter, Elizabeth. There were only 89 sets published.¬†
Artists and Engravers: Eleazar¬†Albin was a German professional painter who settled in England in 1707, where he married and raised a family, changing his name from Weiss to Albin. He illustrated works on insects and spiders, earning his living by making watercolors of the collections of wealthy patrons, including Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection founded the British Museum. His work on birds was done late in his life & was the first large English work on ornithology, hand-colored by Albin and his daughter Elizabeth & published initially in London from 1731-1738.
- Date: c.1738
- Overall size: 22 x 29 cm.
- Image size: 21 x 24 cm.
- Condition: Good, original/contemporary hand coloring. Minor foxing, general age-related toning. Blank verso, please study image carefully.
Description:¬†Antique world map titled 'De Werelt Caart'. Double hemisphere world map showing Australia as¬†Niew Hollandt¬†and according to the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his two voyages in 1642-44. California as an island and the north west coast of America is named¬†Terra Esonis.¬†In Asia, Korea is a elongated peninsula. The two main hemispheres are surrounded by six smaller spherical sections, two covering the polar surfaces of the earth, two showing astronomical measurements relative to the earth, one featuring a geocentric view of the solar system and the other representing the Sun and its relationship with both the Earth and the Moon showing how eclipses are produced. Originates from a Dutch bible.¬†
Artists and Engravers:¬†Made by or after C. Danckerts.¬†
- Date: c.1720
- Overall size: 54.5 x 41 cm.
- Image size: 51.5 x 36.5 cm.
- Condition: Very good, original/contemporary hand coloring. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.