Two folding sections, 625 x 950 mm. each, early outline colour, dissected and backed on linen with green silk edges, printed paper endpapers with advertisements, in good condition.
A fine large-scale map of England and Wales drawn at ten miles to the inch. A large table below the title lists the altitudes of the principal mountains of Great Britain drawn from the trigonometrical survey. The map illustrates the network of railways before many of them had actually been fully constructed. James Wyld (1790-1836) was an apprentice to William Faden and became Geographer to His Majesty George IV and later William IV. He was a founder member of the Royal Geographic Society. He introduced lithography into mapmaking in 1812. This item however is a traditional copper plate map. His death in 1836 was said to be due to ‘overwork’, clearly just following this edition’s publication. His son of the same name had already been working in the firm since 1830. This map appears to be first issued in 1826 with later editions of 1830, 1836 as offered here, 1842, 1851 and 1875. Provenance: Lesley Aitchison 2004; private collection of Rodney Shirley.