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Highly detailed map of the Eastern Frontier of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, published by John Arrowmsith in London.

Fine example of John Arrowsmith's meticulous style and remains one of the finest nineteenth century maps of the area.

The map provides a remarkable early look at the settlements along 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.

The map provides a remarkable look at the evolution of the settlement and cartographic knowledge of the region, a fine juxtaposition to the information depicted in Arrowsmith's map of the same region from 1836.

John Arrowsmith Biography

John (1790-1873) operated his own independent business after his uncle, Aaron Arrowsmith, died. After 1839, John moved into the Soho premises of his uncle and cousins. John enjoyed considerable recognition in the geography and exploration community. Like Aaron, John was a founder member of the RGS and would serve as its unofficial cartographer for 43 years. Several geographical features in Australia and Canada are named after him. He died in 1873 and the majority of his stock was eventually bought by Edward Stanford, who co-founded the Stanford’s map shop that is still open in Covent Garden, London today.