Africa

Africa

Wood engraving by J[oshua] Archer (c1792-1863) from the Guide To Knowledge, published by William Pinnock, 1832-1836.

Image size: 9” x 6 1/2” approx, plus margins.

Generally good condition throughout. Some age staining to paper and light foxing, as expected. Slightly ragged edges to paper, with minor loss to corners, old binding holes to left margin. These imperfections could be disguised by judicious mounting.

This ingenious series of maps are among the most striking of the early nineteeth century. Aimed at a popular audience, their ‘negative’ appearance, predating the invention of photography by a decade, is highly unusual. Increasingly scarce.

 

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