The British Colonies. Their History, Extent, Condition and Resources.
London. The London Printing and Publishing Company. Circa 1851.
Set of six volumes bound as three, with 38 (of 39, not present: South Australia) double page engraved maps with outline handcolor. The set itself has condition issues but the maps present as clean and bright (one has light staining on the verso, scarcely visible on the front of the map). The map of the Western Hemisphere is sewn in (3 binding holes) with the following text section, in what appears to have been a fix. Uniform light toning to maps (most noticeable in the first volume), occasional spotting, but overall good to very good condition. There is waterstaining to the steel engraved portrait plates and to the title page of volume 1 but not to the rest of the volume (it appears that the volume was assembled with the plates already stained).1 inch square of paper loss to lower corner of Victoria engraving and facing page. Third volume: front board and first pages water damaged with loss to cloth and deterioration to front board, some waterstaining to portrait plates, but maps not affected. SOLD as a COLLECTION OF MAPS.
Below is a listing of the maps:
British America (1 inch tear to upper left edge just entering border,
Western or Upper Canada West Canada
Eastern or Lower Canada (East Canada, New Brunswick At p.116.
Nova Scotia and Newfoundland
*Eastern Hemisphere (this map should be in Vol. 2) between pp 128 and 129 of first volume
Western Australia or Swan River (light soiling, small chip to lower left edge of sheet well outside neatline)
Victoria or Port Phillip
New South Wales
Not Present: South Australia
(Eastern Hemisphere (see above - this has been bound into Vol 1)
Volume 3 & 4 Maps
Polynesia, or Islands in the Pacific
Van Diemen's Island
The World (showing Captain Cook's Voyage around the World)
Falkland Islands and Patagonia
Natal and Kaffraria
Islands in the Atlantic pp 206-207
West India Islands (p208)
Jamaica ( 4 spots within image)
Isthmus of Panama
Volume 5 & 6 Maps
Overland Route to India
Cabool, The Punjab etc.
Malay Archipelago (light stain to centre of left half of the map)
British Possessions in the Mediterranean. Item #55218