|Published||Blackie & Son, Glasgow, Edinburgh, & London. Drawn by Edwd. Weller FRGS. Engraved by Edwd. Weller, 34 Red Lion Square [London, 1882]|
|Dimensions||355 x 495 mm|
A large Victorian map of the Arabian peninsula, engraved by Edward Weller for Blackie & Son's 'The Comprehensive Atlas and Geography of the World.' The map is highly detailed, with villages, towns, cities, territories, roads, and caravan routes all marked. Egypt and the southern parts of Persia and the Holy Land are also shown.
Edward Weller, FRGS (d.1884) was an engraver, publisher and cartographer. He had premises in London at 34, Red Lion Square (1861) and Duke Street, Bloomsbury (1872). He often worked for George Philip and Son, and William Collins, Sons, & Co. Many of his maps were included in student atlases. Weller's business was continued by his wife Mary Anne (d.1887) and his son Francis Sidney (d.1910).
Blackie & Son were a publishing firm, active in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London during the Victorian era, expanding into India and Canada during the twentieth century. The firm was founded by John Blackie (1782-1874) in partnership with Archibald Fullarton and William Somerville as Blackie, Fullarton, & Co. The partnership was dissolved in 1831, with both Blackie and Fullarton setting up their own firms. Blackie & Son were not as prolific as Fullarton & Co in publishing geographical works, preferring to focus upon childrens books, educational aides, and religious material, though continued to publish atlases regularly. Their most famous and best selling contributions were the Flower Fairies series by Cicely Mary Barker. The firm ceased publishing in 1991.
Condition: Central vertical fold, as issued. Minor time toning to margins. Minor dirt staining to top and bottom of central fold. Blank on verso.