General Map of Australia and Tasmania c.1857
“General Map of Australia and Tasmania or Van Diemans Land shewing the British Colonies as divided into Counties”, published by Jas. J Blundell & Co Melbourne. This chromolithograph map was drawn by George Ernest Ravenstein, a German-English cartographer. The Royal Crest contains the motto “Treu und Fest”, which was adopted by a British regiment, the 11th Hussars, probably in honour of German born Prince Albert. Counties are named for each colony.
This large folding map of Australia and New Zealand is dissected in 16 parts and laid on linen. When folded it measures approx 30cm X 25cm and when unfolded it measures approx 120cm X 98cm.
The map is especially rare, because it was published by Blundell & Co in Melbourne rather than A&C Black.