Author: Hall, Sidney
Date published: 1842Steel engraving with original hand colouring. Centrefold as published. Overall size 61.6cms x 50.3cms; image size: 510mm x 426mm. Piano key border. Clear engraving and much detail stretching from Arabia in the West to Kamtschatka North East and Borneo and half of Papua New Guineau in the South East and covering Arabia, India, Russia, Chinese Empire, Russia, Japan, East Indies. Territories outlined with bright hand colour. Mountain ranges delineated by hachures. Centrefold as published. Some browning to margin edges else very good 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.