ARROWSMITH, John (1790 - 1873)
The South Eastern portion of Australia; compiled from the colonial surveys, and from details furnished by exploratory expeditions.
London : John Arrowsmith, 10 Soho Square, 2d June 1841. Steel engraved map, dissected and laid on linen, contemporary outline hand colour, 533 x 655 mm, publisher’s case of patterned cloth with green title label Map of the colony of New South Wales, a fine and clean example.
First published in 1838, Arrowsmith’s fine map of South-Eastern Australia (with an inset map of Australia showing the new colony of South Australia) underwent twelve revised editions over the next twenty years. The map extends from Spencer Gulf in South Australia to Morton Bay in the future colony of Queensland. The routes of the major explorers are marked (Oxley; Hume; Gorringham; Sturt; Mitchell; Tyers and Streslecki) with engaging detail along their routes (including detail about Aboriginal people of the region, water and food supplies, local landmarks etc), and the nineteen counties of the time delineated by colour.
A fine copy of an important colonial map.
Three examples of this edition recorded in Australian libraries (NLA; SLV; SLNSW).