1855 British Empire Throughout the World Exhibited in One View
By: Archibald Fullerton & Co.
Date: 1855 (published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 17 x 20 inches (43 cm x 51 cm)
This lovely map whose finely drawn border makes it resemble a scroll, illustrates the width and breadth of the British Empire in the mid-nineteenth century. Interestingly, it includes ethnographic depictions of the myriad indigenous peoples who were under British dominion throughout the world. Included along the top in the title cartouche are drawn in meticulous detail American Indians, including Eskimos, with Western hunters and explorers in their midst. The continents themselves are finely drawn but do not contain a significant amount of detail aside from major rivers and bodies of water. Most details are relegated to those territories directly under British rule, and are primarily devoted to the naming of cities and places along the shores of those territories.
The lower border is embellished with a large number of peoples from virtually all corners of the world, creating an interesting and eye-catching scene. A few of the peoples depicted include Middle Easterners, Indians, Orientals, Scotchmen and women, and natives of Cape Colony and Southern Africa, altogether creating an interesting and ornamental map. Two tables on either side of the title cartouche provide numerous details of British possessions.
Condition: This superb map on heavy paper is a strong impression in A condition.
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