Steel engraving with original hand colouring. Overall size 60.8cms x 50.1cms; image size: 507mm x 414mm. Highly detailed showing rivers, mountain ranges, towns etc ;decorative piano key border. The map has many interesting notes, such as R. Daha dinne: ‘The Indians descend it in three days; Sussex lake source of the river Back’ Also notes numerous American Indian nations including the Cree, Copper, Hare, etc. Four fox spots in title cartouche and one on the ‘A’ of Atlantic ; little browning next to the North Georgian Islands but very faint else very good, bright condition. Sidney Hall was an engraver, cartographer and copperplate printer. Worms and Baynton-Williams state in,’British Map Engravers’ that Hall was almost certainly the first engraver to use the new harder steel plates for map work, using plates manufactured by the Jacob Perkins process as early as 1821. He died at the age of forty two and his widow Selina Hall, continued the business, her practice of signing her engravings simply as,’S.Hall’ has caused much confusion among bibliographers.
53322 Hall, Sidney