Chart of part of New South Wales with plans of the harbours. Respectfully dedicated to John Oxley, Esq., Surveyor-General. Joseph CROSS.

Chart of part of New South Wales with plans of the harbours…
Chart of part of New South Wales with plans of the harbours. Respectfully dedicated to John Oxley, Esq., Surveyor-General.

London: Joseph Cross, but sold by James Wyld, 1828.

Large hand-coloured engraved map, 1180 x 650 mm., dissected and backed on linen as issued, in the original slip case of marbled boards with label titled in manuscript, New South Wales.

Detailed record of colonial expansion on the Australian east coast

One of the great maps of New South Wales, extending from Moreton Bay to Bass Strait. Finely engraved with hand colouring this very handsome map is notable for a series of important inset charts including Port Hunter at Newcastle, Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River, Port Jackson, Botany Bay and Western Port and Port Phillip, the latter accompanied by a detailed description. One of the most consulted of any of the Australian maps of this era, it is dedicated to John Oxley, then Surveyor General of New South Wales. The publisher Joseph Cross printed different versions from 1826 and in 1827 he re-issued it with inset maps of many harbours. Over ensuing years it was subtly updated with fresh discoveries and there is also an inset depiction of the entire Australian coastline.

One of the great maps of New South Wales, extending from Moreton Bay to Bass Strait. Finely engraved with hand colouring this very handsome map is notable for a series of important inset charts including Port Hunter at Newcastle, Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River, Port Jackson, Botany Bay and Western Port and Port Phillip, the latter accompanied by a detailed description. One of the most consulted of any of the Australian maps of this era, it is dedicated to John Oxley, then Surveyor General of New South Wales. The publisher Joseph Cross printed different versions from 1826 and in 1827 he re-issued it with inset maps of many harbours. Over ensuing years it was subtly updated with fresh discoveries and there is also an inset depiction of the entire Australian coastline.

Extensively recorded on this map are details of inland exploration, notably including the relatively recent discoveries of Hume and Hovell with accompanying notes.

The London publisher Joseph Cross was responsible for any number of important publications relating to Australia in the 1820s and 1830s. He was perhaps the most influential promoter of the colonies at that time.

Tooley records this 1828 issue from a copy in his own collection; this is the Ingleton copy with shelf mark, noted in his catalogue as "extremely rare".

Provenance: From the Ingleton collection, with bookplate.

Tooley, 357; Worms & Bayntun-Williams, 'British Map Engravers', pp. 171 (noting the 1827 issue).

Condition Report: The map is in very good condition; slip case intact with aged, rubbed boards.

Price (AUD): $12,500.00

US$9,234.74   Other currencies

Ref: #4008014

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