WALLIS, John (Junior); WALLIS, John (Senior)
Wallis’s New Dissected Map of [the] World. Engraved from the latest authorities for the use of young students in Geography. Published by John Wallis Jun., 188 Strand. S. J. Wallis Sr., Warwick Sq.
The only known example of the earliest dissected puzzle map to show the three voyages of Captain Cook.
[Title from lid]. London : John Wallis Senior, 1787; reissued by John Wallis Junior, 1806-1808. Engraved map of the world with the imprint ‘Published as the Act directs, Jany. 1st 1787 by Proprietor J. Wallis at his Map Warehouse, Ludgate Street, London’, original hand colouring, pasted on wood and dissected into 69 pieces, housed in the original publisher’s cedar box with sliding lid, printed title label, slip label ‘World’ to title label and also side panel, contemporary inscription inside the lid ‘Henry Samuel Daller from his affectionate sister S.M. Daller’, further inscribed inside the box ‘Outside pieces 29 / Inside pc. 40 / total 69 / H S Daller / from his sister / S M Daller / 1811’; some age toning but complete and in fine condition.
The first known puzzle map was issued by John Bowles in 1759; John Spilsbury began manufacturing in 1767, and the London map seller, publisher and maker of board games John Wallis Senior produced his first puzzle map, Darton’s Kings and Queens, in 1787.
The map depicted in the present puzzle was originally published in 1787 by John Wallis Senior, who occupied premises in Ludgate Hill from 1775. The firm moved, and Wallis Senior was located at 13 Warwick Square from 1805 to 1811, while John Wallis Junior was located at 188 Strand from 1806 to 1808. This dates the issue of this map in puzzle format to between 1806 and 1808. It is jointly published by son and father, with the son’s name listed first as he is issuing the map in the format of a puzzle, most likely utilising unsold maps still held in stock by the family. The puzzle is one of a series, the slip title ‘World’ pasted onto the printed label. On other examples located in institutions, the title label has been substituted with ‘America’, ‘Somerset’, ‘Europe’, etc.
The map itself is based on an earlier map by Thomas Kitchen and shows the three voyages of Cook, with ‘Diemen’s Land’ still joined to the continent of New Holland. Wallis would publish other world maps in dissected puzzle format, with the same title label to the box; however, the maps are of a later date and bear the address ’42 Skinner Street’.
The State Library of New South Wales holds an earlier puzzle map, dated 1772-1775, which shows the route of Cook’s first voyage; while the National Library of Australia has a puzzle map by Palmer from 1794 which shows Cook’s three voyages. Like the Wallis example offered here, the Palmer example may have been issued in puzzle format later than the date of its imprint.
With an imprint of 1787, it would appear that the example we offer here is the earliest puzzle map to show the three voyages of Cook.
Not in Hannas; not in Whitehouse. No other example located.