|Artist||Bacon, George Washington|
|Published||London: G.W. Bacon & Co, Ltd. Norwich Str. Petter Lane E.C.4 [c.1920]|
|Dimensions||780 x 1190 mm|
A very large folding chart of the World on Mercator's Projection, divided into eighteen sheets, backed on linen, and bound in its original red buckram slipcase. The map, published by G.W. Bacon & Co, shows, in addition to country borders and standard geographic features, transport networks for rail and sea, as a series of red solid and dashed lines. In the top corner, an inset map shows the world as it was before the Great War with the colonial holdings of various European powers, and the British Empire shaded in pink. Other inset maps show the world in hemispheres, and an isochronic map for travel time from London. Large explanatory panels contain lists of national and state capitals, as well as demographic and population data.
George Washington Bacon (1830 - 1922) was a prolific London based book and map publisher active in the mid to late 19th century. Bacon was born in New York and emigrated to England c. 1862. He was initially a London agent for the American atlas publisher Joseph Hitchins Colton. By 1871 he had become a British subject and was living in Battersea with his wife and two daughters. He was described on the Census of 1871 as being a map publisher, employing three men, five boys, and one young lady. Bacon died 21 Jan 1922. Bacon's firm G.W. Bacon and Co. produced a wide variety of maps and guides. In 1893, Bacon & Co. acquired the map publishing business of J. Wyld. Then, around the turn of the century, Bacon & Co. itself was folded into the Scottish publishing house of W.& A.K. Johnston.
Condition: Segmented and backed on original linen backing and bound in maroon cloth boards. Minor time toning and foxing to linen. Minor creasing to bottom corners of sheet. Otherwise an excellent clean example.