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James Wyld

James Wyld


James Wyld Sr. (1790-1836) was a British cartographer and one of Europe’s leading mapmakers. He made many contributions to cartography, including the introduction of lithography into map printing in 1812.

William Faden, another celebrated cartographer, passed down his mapmaking business to Wyld in 1823. The quality and quantity of Faden’s maps, combined with Wyld’s considerable skill, brought Wyld great prestige.

Wyld was named geographer to His Majesty George IV and William IV, as well as HRH the Duke of York. In 1825, he was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society in 1830. Also in 1830, his son, James Wyld Jr., took over his publishing house. Wyld Sr. died of overwork on October 14, 1836.

James Wyld Jr. (1812-87) was a renowned cartographer in his own right and he successfully carried on his father’s business. He gained the title of Geographer to the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Albert. Punch (1850) described him in humorous cartographic terms, “If Mr. Wyld’s brain should be ever discovered (we will be bound he has a Map of it inside his hat), we should like to have a peep at it, for we have a suspicion that the two hemispheres must be printed, varnished, and glazed, exactly like a pair of globes.”



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1824 - A New General Chart of the World. Exhibiting the Whole of the Discoveries made by the late Captain James Cook, F.R.S. with the Tracks of the Ships under his Command: Also those of Captn. Phipps (the late Lord Mulgrave) Captn. Ross, and Captn. Parry, in t

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Rare 1824 edition of this rare separately issued map of the World on Mercator's Projection showing the tracks of all three of Cook's voyages as well as the Arctic expedition of Captain Phipps, Ross and Parry, published in the early 19th Century This...


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1850 - Map of North America Exhibiting The recent Discoveries, Geographical and Nautical; Drawn Chiefly from the Authorities of M. De. Humboldt, Lieutt. Pike, Messrs. Lewis and Clarke, Sir. Alexandr. MacKenzie, Mr. Hearne, Coll. Bouchette, Captns, Vancouver. . .

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Rare Large Map of North America from a Royal Library Fine example of the circa 1850 (our dating) edition of Wyld's massive map of North America, which includes the extra panel at the bottom, adding Central America, first issued in 1824. John Wyld was...


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1838 - A New Map of the Province of Lower Canada, Describing all the Seigneuries, Townships, Grants of Land...by Order of the Commissioners . . . 1838

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Updated example of this important map of the Lower Province of Canada and Maine, first issued by Faden in 1813. The original Faden map included information concerning over 100 land grants on either side of the St. Lawrence River, including the names...


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1838 - A Map of the Province of Upper Canada, describing all the New Settlements, Townships, &c. with the Countries Adjacent, From Quebec to Lake Huron. Compiled from the Original Documents in the Surveyor Genera's Office . . . 1838.

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Highly detailed map of the Province of Upper Canada, originally published by David William Smyth and periodically revised over time. Fine map of Upper Canada, showing detailed information on the counties, districts, townships, transportation systems,...


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1858 - Map of the Colony of New Caledonia and the British & American Territory West of the Rocky Mountains Including Vancouvers Island and the Gold Fields.

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First State of this Exceptional Fraser Canyon Gold Rush Rarity One of the great early mappings of the Pacific Northwest, covering Oregon Territory, Washington Territory, and British Columbia (which was then still "New Caledonia") with information...


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1859 - Map of the Colony of British Columbia and the British & American Territory West of the Rocky Mountains Including Vancouvers Island and the Gold Fields.

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An Exceptional Fraser Canyon Gold Rush Rarity. One of the great early mappings of the Pacific Northwest, covering Oregon and Washington Territories, and British Columbia ("New Caledonia") with information derived from the Hudson Bay Company and Royal...


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1852 - Map of Central America Shewing The Different Lines of Atlantic & Pacific Communication. By James Wyld, Geographer To the Queen & H. Late R. H. Prince Albert . . .

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Early Edition of Wyld's map of Central America -- Including the first geological survey of Panama. Fine map of Central America, which includes the first geological survey of Panama published in London by James Wyld. This is the earliest edition of...


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1862 - Map of Central America Shewing The Different Lines of Atlantic & Pacific Communication. By James Wyld, Geographer To the Queen & H. Late R. H. Prince Albert . . .

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Early Edition of Wyld's map of Central America -- Including the first geological survey of Panama. Fine map of Central America, which includes the first geological survey of Panama published in London by James Wyld. This is the earliest edition of...


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1844 - Map of China Compiled from original Surveys & Sketches . . . 1844

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Early State of Wyld's Large Map of China Highly detailed map of China, published shortly after the conclusion of the First Opium War, reflecting Britain's new commercial interest in China. An early state of James Wyld influential map of China,...


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1838 - A Map of Bengal, Bahar, Oude & Allahabad with Part of Agra and Delhi Exhibiting the Course of the Ganges from Hurdwar to the Sea by James Rennell, R.F.S. . . 1838

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A Rare Late Edition by Wyld Detailed map of the Upper Indian provinces, extending to Tibet in the North and the Bay of Bengal in the South. Th map was drawn by James Rennell F.R.S., Surveyor General of India, and engraved from the original drawing in...


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1843 - [Ottoman Province of Syria] Map of Syria Ancient and Modern . . . 1843

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The Ottoman Province of Syria Scarce separately published map of Syria, published in London by John Wyld. Published at a time when the region was under the control of the Ottoman Empire, "Modern and Ancient" Syria extends to the modern regions of...


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1838 - Cape District Cape of Good Hope.

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Wyld's Reissue of Faden's Detailed Map of the Cape Town Region. 1838 edition of this highly detailed map of the Dutch Colony on the Cape of Good Hope, first published in 1782. This attractive map gives an idea of contemporary knowledge of the area...


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1874 - Adamantia The Diamond Gold Fields of South Africa by James Wyld Geographer to the Queen

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Rare map of the Adamantia region of South Africa, published by James Wyld in 1874. A very early map of the diamond fields. Pniel is shown but not Kimberley. The gold fields indicated are the Manica and Northern Gold Fields. The gold fields of the...


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1843 - Map of Part of the Western Coast of Africa Extending from the Isles De Loss to Sherboro Island. Particularly Exhibiting the discoveries lately made to the N.E. of Sierra Leone by Surgeon O'Beirne and Major Laing. Compiled from Original Documents in the

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Rare separately issued map of a part of West Africa, showing Sierra Leone and the Southwestern Part of Guinea, published in London by James Wyld. Wyld's map presents one of the most detailed treatments of the country of Sierra Leon to appear on a...


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1840 - Map of South Australia, New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land and Settled Parts of Australia Respectfully dedicated to Major Sir T.L. Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. F.G.S. &c. Surveyor General of New South Wales . . .

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A fascinating early map of the settled parts of Australia, featuring discoveries from recent expeditions into the interior. Wyld's map depicts all of the settled areas of Australia as they appeared around 1840. The main map embraces the area of the...


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1851 - Map of Australia, Compiled from the Nautical Surveys, Made by Order of the Admiralty, and other Authentic Documents.

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Important Map of Australia, Updated To Include The Gold Discoveries in the Newly Created Colony of Victoria. Wyld's map captures Australia in 1851, shortly after the creation of Victoria Colony and the discovery of Gold. The coastlines of the...