Auction 136, Lot 751

"Miller's New Map of British South Africa",

Subject: Africa - Southern

Period: 1900 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Printed Color

Size:
27.5 x 27.5 inches
69.9 x 69.9 cm

This scarce and highly detailed large pocket map of South Africa was published in Cape Town at about the time of the Second Boer War. The map was published to fill a need in the rapidly growing country for an accurate map of the region. It delineates the extensive "Proclaimed" gold producing areas with yellow overprinting. There are eleven inset maps and plans including a very large map of Rhodesia and another large map of the Witwatersrand region. The Rand gold-fields have produced over 40% of the gold mined from the earth. The inset map is highly detailed and delineates the band of gold reefs with red overprinting, and names more than 35 divisions. Other insets include detailed city plans of Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Kimberley and Port Elizabeth. The legend identifies railways and telegraph lines, roads and steamship routes, as well as the colonial holdings of England, Portugal and Germany. The table at bottom provides rail and steamship distances. The map is backed with original linen and folds into cloth covers with marbled paper pastedowns. Published by T. Maskew Miller, Bookseller, Capetown, Pretoria, & Bulawayo.

References:

Condition: A

The map and linen are near fine, with just a few areas of roughness at fold intersections due to thick paper. The covers are also very nice with little sign of wear.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/1/2011

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