Stanford’s War Maps No 1. Stanford’s map of central & eastern Europe : showing the international frontiers. Indicates railways, roads, canals, submarine telegraph lines, and fortresses. Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. “Stanford’s Geogl. Estabt., London.” Colour printed. Dissected and laid on linen folding into brown boards with yellow Stanford’s labels advertising other Stanford’s publications. Overall sheet size|: 67.6cms x 97.5cms. Label on the front lacks bottom right corner else fascinating map in very good condition. Dated August 7th 1914 at bottom of the map. Fortresses marked with red stars. Very faint foxing in bottom right segment else very good condition.
Edward Stanford (1827-1904) was a leading British mapmaker and publisher. He was apprenticed to a printer and stationer at the age of 14. After his first master died, he worked with several others, including Trelawny W. Saunders of Charing Cross.
Stanford set out on his own in 1853. He was an agent for the Ordnance Survey, the Admiralty, the Geological Survey, the Trigonometrical Survey of India, and the India Office. He also controlled the maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, another lucrative source of income. In 1857, Stanford founded his eponymous Geographical Establishment, with Saunders and A. K. Johnston as engravers. He became famous for his library maps particularly those of Africa and Asia.
Stanford acquired the plates and stock of John Arrowsmith, heir of the Arrowmsith family firm, in 1874. By 1881 he employed 87 people at his premises at 6 Charing Cross Road, Saunders’ old address. As he aged, he brought in his son Edward Jr. to run the business. He died in 1904. The business survived him, and the Stanford’s shop is still a thriving business today.
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