Item #5000713 Ham's squatting map of Victoria, (Port Phillip district, New South Wales) carefully corrected to this date from the Colonial Government surveys, Crown Lands Commissioners & explorers maps, private surveys &c. Thomas HAM, engraver and publisher.

Ham's squatting map of Victoria, (Port Phillip District, New South Wales)...
Ham's squatting map of Victoria, (Port Phillip district, New South Wales) carefully corrected to this date from the Colonial Government surveys, Crown Lands Commissioners & explorers maps, private surveys &c.

Collins Street, Melbourne: Thomas Ham, 1851.

Large hand-coloured engraved and manuscript map, 462 x 725 mm., dissected and backed on linen as issued, in the original pebbled linen boards, with the rare Key [xxii pp], early owner's inked inscription on the title page.

Published on the eve of gold-discovery

Impressive and rare map published on the eve of gold discovery, before Victoria became a separate colony, and one of the very first produced locally. The scarce key notes the districts and land settlement of identified squatters "carefully corrected" and updated on the map.

Impressive and rare map published on the eve of gold discovery, before Victoria became a separate colony, and one of the very first produced locally. The scarce key notes the districts and land settlement of identified squatters "carefully corrected" and updated on the map.

Thomas Ham (1821-1870), pioneer printer and engraver, was a central figure in the iconography of the gold rushes, engraving and lithographing various maps and plates including for Ham's Five Views of the Gold Fields of Mount Alexander and Ballarat (1852), The Diggers Portfolio and The Gold Diggers Portfolio (1854). This intricately detailed map rarely survived: it was an immediate resource of updated local information for settlers and squatters, so unsurprisingly was well used. As a publisher based in the Colony, Ham had an obvious advantage over London-based rivals: he was commissioned to produce the seal of the town of Melbourne and he printed the first Victorian stamps and currency.

Condition Report: Boards a little faded, the key age toned with a few spots and tender at the inner margin, the map in very good condition.

Price (AUD): $6,400.00

US$4,459.56   Other currencies

Ref: #5000713

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