Africa by Sidney Hall

Africa by Sidney Hall

Code: 54198

£295.00 Approx $364.2, €341.83

Date: 1842

 Copper engraving with original hand colouring. Overall size: 50.2cms x 61.1cms.  Image size: 420mm x 506mm.  Centrefold as published.  p. 48 RV Tooley (not this edition). Not in Norwich. The emptiness of the middle of the map is striking, very detailed areas of the coast and Madagascar.  One stray mark in bottom margin and a little browning to edges else Fine 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.