Wyld, James - Map of the Kingdom of Denmark
Long title: Map of the Kingdom of Denmark including the Dutchies of Holstein and Lauenburg . Steel engraving with original full wash hand colour denoting the regions . Overall sheet size: 59.5cms x 78cms; image size: 521mm x 716mm. Highly detailed map, finely engraved; five scales of distance and key below to Post Roads, Common Cross roads etc. Note bottom right :’The Duchy of Lauenburg was annexed to the Kingdom of Denmark by treaty with the King of Prussia signed June 4th 1815. Faint offsetting in blank areas; repaired tear left margin not affecting image else good condition.
James Wyld was apprenticed to William Faden , taking over the business in 1823 and becoming Geographer to His Majesty (George IV and William IV) and his maps were among the most excellent published in the Nineteenth Century. He enjoyed a very successful career but died early from overwork. His son continued and expanded the business having joined his father in the map trade at 18. He became Geographer to the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Albert and was M.P. for Bodmin from 1847-1852 and from 1857-1868. He was master of the Clothworkers Company and worked hard for the promotion of technical schools. Like his father he was held in high esteem and held no less than 17 European orders of merit. He died in 1887 in Kensington. His son James John Cooper Wyld (1845-1907) took over on his father's death but sold the family business to G.W. Bacon in 1892. (Tooley)