|Method||Steel engraved with original hand colour|
|Published||Drawn & Engraved at Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London, Published by Edward Stanford, 6 Charing Cross April 27th 1859.|
|Dimensions||330 x 385 mm|
A Victorian map of the western coast of Canada, from 'The Complete Atlas of Modern Classical and Celestial Maps,' engraved and published by Stanford's Geographical Establishment for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). The coastlines and borders of British Columbia and Vancouver Island are outlined in pink, while the territory of the United States, including a disputed border south of Vancouver Island is marked in green. In the top left, the south-eastern reaches of modern Alaska are labelled 'Russian America.'
Edward Stanford (1827-1904) was a British publisher and cartographer, and founder of Stanford's Ltd. In the mid 1850's, Stanford founded his business in response to rapid British colonial expansion and the demand for accurate, high-quality, and accessible maps that resulted. As well as producing his own maps, Stanford also reprinted a number of other series, including the popular maps of principle cities by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Stanford's son, also named Edward, succeeded his father in 1884.
Condition: Time toning to edges of sheet. Old manuscript annotations in black ink in bottom left margin and below key.