Wyld, James - Map of the Ottoman Dominions in Asia
Long title: Map of the Ottoman Dominions in Asia with the adjacent frontiers of the Russian and Persian Empires. Steel engraving with original outline and colour denoting the regions . Overall sheet size: 78.4cms x 59.7cms; image size: 704mm x 504mm. Highly detailed map, finely engraved. Notes and scale of distance bottom left. A large-scale map of the Ottoman Empire including Cyprus, the Holy Land, and the north eastern tip of Africa. Several routes are marked along the map, including those of Cyrus and Xenophon, Colonel Leake and General Koehler in 1800, Mr. Browne in 1802, and Mr. Kinnear from 1808 to 1814. Kurdistan marked. Centrefold as published; very slight separation .5cms bottom of centrefold else very 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)