London. James Imray and Son. Map copyright 1874. 1879.
Huge rolled "blueback" sea chart, cloth edge and ties as issued, 40 3/4 x 51 inches, cloth-edged with cloth fastenings. Three stiff vertical creases from rolling, areas of light creasing and spotting, 3 1/4 inch band of toning/soiling to right edge (appears darker in photograph than in reality), cloth edge partially detached from paper at top left, 1 1/4 inch tear to left edge at center, some notations in pencil and red ink, some towns marked in red. The chart is tightly rolled. Good or better condition. The tightly rolled is chart one of a series of four charting the South East and East coasts of Australia in the late 19th century, is centered over the island of Tasmania and includes, at the top edge of the map, the coast of the Australian continent from Rivoli Bay in the west to Cape Howe in the east. At lower left and right are detailed inset maps of Hobarton, Port Dalrymple, Port Phillip, Port Western, Portland, Belfast, and Lady Bay. The map is an example of the privately printed maps backed with blue paper (hence "bluebacks"), A label is affixed to the verso: "Chart No. 200. Australia. South-East & East Coasts. In Four Charts. Chart No. 2. Price, 8s." Item #56383