COLLINS, H. G.
The emigrant’s map of the world
London : H. G. Collins, circa 1853. Map with original hand colouring, lithographed from an engraving by J. Archer, 310 x 705 mm (border of map), archival tape repairs to a couple of folds, showing the routes of emigrant ships from Britain to the colonies and distant lands, the map format unusually extended ‘in an east and west direction to show the passage from Great Britain to the Australian colonies both in the eastern and western routes’, the gold fields of Victoria, New South Wales, and California marked, housed within folding orange paper case with cloth spine, inside the front cover a printed advertisement for Hughes’ A few particulars for the guidance of intending emigrants (1852) , printed booklet ‘A few particulars for the guidance of intending emigrants’, pp. 12, the final leaf ‘The gold regions of Australia’, with discussion of the new discoveries, (this leaf integral and not pasted on, as in another copy we have handled, suggesting a later issue), followed by the booklet ‘The port of Southampton Emigration Company’s Line of packet ships to the Australian Colonies’ by James Somers, Secretary, pp. 12, a detailed instruction book for passengers on ships from Southampton to Adelaide, Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney, with fascinating detail on provisions rationed to each passenger, instructions for cabin layout and luggage storage, and a catalogue of books and maps printed by H. G. Collins.
This example has a manuscript note from a family member about their family history, emigrants to Victoria around the time of the gold rush, including their grandfather on their father’s side who moved to Geelong between 1840 – 1850 and then to Prahran in 1854. The grandfather on the mother’s side came to Victoria in 1854 and owned a chemist’s shop in Johnson Street Abbotsford, where they travelled each day by horseback.
A fine example. Scarce.
The National Library of Australia holds an example of this map while the State Library of New South Wales holds two examples (in the Dixon and Mitchell collections), however it appears all have the first booklet and not the secondary booklet by Somers.