Steel engraving with original hand colouring. Centrefold as published. Overall size 50.2cms x 61.7cms; image size: 421mm x 523mm. Piano key border. Shows Burma (Myanmar) at a pivotal time in its history after the first Anglo-Burmese war, the loss of which caused great economic hardship and loss of territory for Burma. Also includs Thailand (Siam) and Laos. Massive detail of place names on either side of the Irrawaddy River north through Mandalay (Amarapura) and up to Mount Phoongan. The river journey to Mandalay had become well-known to British expansionists. Tribes mentioned including the Karen (’Extensive Hilly Tract occupied by the Karaen’). This tribe was rarely mentioned on maps but was known by Europeans since the Sixteenth century. There is considerably less detail east of the map. Faint brown mark from in Bay of Bengal probably some light offsetting but not obtrusive - see magnified image- 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.
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