John Arrowsmith (1790 - 1873)


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John Arrowsmith was the nephew of Aaron Arrowsmith the founder member of one of the leading London map publishing houses in the early part of the nineteenth century. Aaron came to London about 1770 from Durham and worked as a surveyor for John Cary for whom he carried out numerous road surveys, which subsequently appeared in Cary’s Travelers Companion in 1790. In that year he set up his own business in Long Acre and soon established an international reputation as a specialist in compiling maps recording the latest discoveries in all parts of the world.

After his death the business passed to his sons, Aaron and Samuel and later to his Nephew, John, who maintained his uncles reputation, becoming a founder member of the Royal Geographical Society. The Arrowsmiths in total produced over 700 maps

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1832 John Arrowsmith Antique Map of Australia

1832 John Arrowsmith Antique Map of Australia

  • Title : Map of the Discoveries in Australia copied from the latest MS Surveys in the Colonial Office....J Arrowsmith
  • Date : 1832
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition
  • Ref:  50684
  • Size: 25 1/4in x 21in (640mm x 535mm) 

Description: 
This large incredibly detailed rare and important original antique folding map showing explorations and discoveries of New South Wales and Victoria or Port Philip - with inset maps of Australia & the Colony of WA - by John Arrowsmith was engraved in 1832 - dated at the foot of the maap - and was published for the Royal Geographical Society.

Background: Extremely detailed map of expeditions of discovery into the interior of western & southern SE Australia. Expeditions noted are the 1818 expedition of Oxley to the latest 1828 & 29 expeditions of Charles Sturt. Others include the 1823 expedition of Lieutenant Currie, the 1824 expedition of Hume, and the 1827, 28 & 29 expeditions of Cunningham. There is also extensive notes on the Murray Valley and River and surrounding areas as well as western & eastern Victoria. Port Philip, soon to be Melbourne settled in 1835, is noted "Extensive & beautiful Downs called Iramoo by the natives". This map when published would have carried the latest and most up to date information regarding SE Australia and I have no doubt that this map would have been used by explorers of the 1830's including Bateman the founder of the city of Melbourne in 1835.

John Arrowsmith came from a long line of outstanding London map publishers. His maps of Australia were the best and most accurate maps published commercially in his time. He based his information on the latest accounts from explorers. (Ref: Tooley; M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Light and stable
Paper color: - white Age of map color: - Original
Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink, blue
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 25 1/4in x 21in (640mm x 535mm)
Plate size: - 25 1/4in x 21in (640mm x 535mm)
Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - Small repair to left margin, no loss
Plate area: - Folds as issued, very light age toning along folds
Verso: - Light age toning along folds

$975.00 USD
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1841 John Arrowsmith Large Antique Map of Australia & New Zealand

1841 John Arrowsmith Large Antique Map of Australia & New Zealand

  • Title : A Map of Australia, New Zealand and the Adjacent Islands by John Arrowsmith 1841
  • Ref #:  61151
  • Size: 17 1/4in x 14 1/2in (440mm x 365mm)
  • Date : 1841
  • Condition: (A) Very Good Condition

Description: 
This fine incredibly detailed scarce and important original antique folding map of Australia and New Zealand by John Arrowsmith was engraved in 1841 - dated in the title - and was published by Smith Elder & Co. London, 1841

Background: Extremely detailed map especially along the coasts of both countries but also includes county borders in WA & NSW along with details to the West of Sydney and in area of Port Phillip, soon to be the state of Victoria. Arrowsmith perpetaues the myth of the inland Torrens Sea in SA. List of 14 counties in WA, 19 in NSW and 9 Police Divisons in Van Diemens Land.

John Arrowsmith came from a long line of outstanding London map publishers. His maps of Australia were some of the best and most accurate maps published commercially at that time. He based his information on the latest accounts from many coastal and inland explorers and he was accepted as one of the foremost geographers in regards to Australia. (Ref: Tooley; M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Light and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - 
Colors used: - 
General color appearance: - 
Paper size: - 17 1/4in x 14 1/2in (440mm x 365mm)
Plate size: - 16 3/4in x 13 3/4in (425mm x 350mm)
Margins: - Min 1/4in (5mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - Folds as issued, light age toning along folds
Verso: - Light age toning along folds

$475.00 USD
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