Australia coral reefs 1883 Lett's wonderful scarce oversized SDUK re-issue mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Statistical Map of Australia.
Issued 1883, London by Letts, Son & Co.
Near monumental late 19th century color lithographed map. Detailed inset of Tasmania top right, world projection top left. Various tables around the map, key below title identifies "submarine cables" as well as overland cables and coral reefs. Splendid assortment of delicately printed details, including numerous early explorer's names and dates, various terrain features, etc.
A late re-issue of the SDUK plates from the 1830's & 40's, here transferred from steel to a lithographic process of printing, with amendments made to the maps during the process. Hence, Lett's firm did not merely re-issue the SDUK maps, but created entirely new maps using completely different printing technologies with unique and pleasing visual results. For instance, most SDUK maps were issued either in B&W; or with narrow outline hand color, here the thick coloring altering the end result.
Well preserved, nice looking example with pleasing age patina, fresh and almost as issued. Composed of two sheets as joined by the publisher.
Almost certainly a scarce/ elusive excellent large format map of the continent.
Sheet Measures c. 17"H x 27 3/4"W.
Engraved Area Measures c. 16"H x 26 3/4"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol.3, pp. 125-6.