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The World on Mercators Projection by James Wyld

£575.00 Approx $703.79, €635.36

Code: 53294



Author: Wyld, James

Publisher: Atlas of the World

Date published: 1840

Long title:The World on Mercators Projection by James Wyld Geographer to the Queem. Steel engraving with original hand colouring. Engraved by Stockley. Overall sheet size: 97.5cms x 87.3cms; image size: 924mm x 836mm. Attractive piano key border. Texas is coloured with a yellow outline and not the green of the United States. Two sheets conjoined; old fold hinged two thirds down map ; one tape repair verso top left, three cms into map, visible only on verso. Remnants of old crease bottom centre, not offensive; odd mark to margins; slight surface abrasion at meridian of Greenwich else good condition. 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)