Wyld, James - The Kingdom of France
Long title: The Kingdom of France Describing the New Limits according to the Treaty of Paris. Steel engraving with original outline hand colour denoting the regions with inset of Corsica bottom right. Overall sheet size: 73.6cms x 59.5cms; image size: 610mm x 576mm. Short split bottom centrefold (does not reach neatline) and one other edge split else very good condition apart from some very faint offsetting in right blank.
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)