Large steel engraving with original outline hand colouring. Published Longman, Orme & Co. Overall size 50.2cms x 61.1cms; image size: 410mm x 508mm. Highly detailed map showing rivers, mountain ranges, towns, islands etc Centrefold as issued; faint speckling to bottom left blank and slight 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.
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