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Eastern Frontier of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, (and part of Kafirland) From Algoa Bay to the Great Kei River. Chiefly from M.S. Surveys & Sketches communicated by Lt. Col. Mitchell late Survr. Genl. of the Colony and Captn. Wm. F. Drummond Jervois Royl. Engrs
London: J. Arrowsmith, 4th June 1851. Copper-engraved map, with original outline colour, printed on wove wove paper, in excellent condition. 21 3/4 x 26 7/8 inches. A beautiful map of the eastern coast of South Africa, by the celebrated English mapmaker, John Arrowsmith. John Arrowsmith was the nephew of Aaron Arrowsmith, the founder of the great British cartographical firm. It was John who energetically continued the company's forward position in the world of new geography and maintained the firm's reputation for handsome, elegant maps. John first came to London in 1810 and immediately joined his uncle's cartographic firm. His first publication was his celebrated London Atlas, which became one of the most admired atlases of the period. In the tradition of the great Dutch mapmakers, Arrowsmith republished his London Atlas in three editions, each with added improvements and corrections. His maps of Texas and Australia are amongst the most important of his publications and record some of the earliest delineations of those regions. He was one of the founders of the Royal Geographical Society and served on the council until he retired. In 1863 he received the patron's gold medal for his contribution to geographic sciences. This elegant map of South Africa is a wonderful example of Arrowsmith's meticulous style and remains one of the finest nineteenth century maps of the area. This is a fantastic early map of South Africa's eastern coast, stretching from Port Elizabeth to the mouth of the Great Kei River. In the lower right corner is an inset map of the whole country, showing the county divisions and the principal towns. There are a wealth of topographical detail as well as geographical comments and tribe locations. Dictionary of National Biography.
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