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Auction 161, Lot 743

"[Lot of 2] Colony of New South Wales and Australia Felix [and] New South Wales",

Subject: Southeastern Australia

Period: 1833-44 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

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A. Colony of New South Wales and Australia Felix, by W. and A.K. Johnston, from National Atlas, circa 1844 (24.0 x 19.4"). A detailed map of New South Wales with districts delineated in hand color. Shows some river systems in the interior, as well as a road linking Melbourne to Sydney. The map also locates "Australia Felix" (present-day Victoria). The term was coined by Thomas Mitchell who was impressed by the lush nature of the land while surveying the interior. Condition: Original outline color with minor staining along the upper centerfold, otherwise near fine. (B+)

B. New South Wales, by SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, dated 1833 (13.4 x 15.6"). An incredibly detailed map of the thriving colony compiled "From the M.S. maps in the Colonial Office, the Surveys of the Australian Agricultural Company, and the Routes of Allan Cunningham." The counties are colored in outline and the eastern part of the map is detailed with topographical features and interesting notations. Large inset plan of "Sydney from the New South Wales Almanack" marks important buildings including Bathing Houses, Botanic Garden and the Albion Brewery, established in 1827. Condition: Original outline color with light toning and faint scattered foxing. (B)

References: Tooley (Australia) #761.


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Estimate: $220 - $250

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/8/2017