Fine 2 sheet map of Australia, published by John Arrowsmith in London, shown in the midst of the decade of Australia's gold rushes and rapid expansion.
First issued in 1838, Arrowsmith's two sheet map of Australia is one of the most up-to-date and accurate maps of the continent.
Highly accurate and expertly executed, the map was periodically revised and re-Issued between 1838 and 1862, each new discovery was displayed on the updated edition of the map. In this edition the potential new colony of North Australia is shown while being too early to show any new exploration in the inland of what is now Queensland.
Three inset maps of Cape York, Van Diemens Land and the World are displayed around the continent while details of Australia's earlier exploration are noted.
Twenty-one editions of the map are recorded. One of the finest maps of Australia from this period and offered here in remarkably good condition.
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.