Asia with its islands

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Asia with its islands


Copper engraving with original wash colour.

Published 1 May 1813 by Jm Whittle & Richd Holmes Laurie, 53, Fleet Street, London.

Image size: 485 x 535mm approx.

Generally good/very good condition: central vertical crease, as issued, with some toning to this; small ??? adhered to surface of border at top right, (please see image).

The map shows Asia: Polar Regions to the north; Northern Pacific to the south; Indian Ocean to the east; Arabia to the west.

Robert Laurie (1755-1836) and James Whittle (1757-1818) were a prominent partnership of print and map publishers in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century London. In 1794 they took over the business of their former employer Robert Sayer including the address in Bolt Court, Fleet Steet, London. When Robert Laurie retired from the firm in 1812 his place was taken by Richard Holmes Laurie (1777-1858). Upon his death the firm was bought by Alexander George Findlay, FRGS (1812-1875). It continued in the Fleet Street premises until 1895. In 1904 it merged with James Imray & Son and Norie & Wilson to become Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson at 156 Minories, publishers of nautical pilot books and charts. In 1939, the firm moved to Wych House, St Ives, Huntingdonshire, and specialised in yachting charts. In May 2020, much of the remaining stock was sold at auction. See: BM under ‘Robert Sayer’.

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