Scarce map of the World, with polar inset maps, published by John Arrowsmith.
The map illustrates the Northwest Passage, three years after John Maclure found the first passage and one year before John Rae discovered the first signs of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition.
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.