Asia China Arabia India rare 1850 Betts decorative large hand color antique mapBrian DiMambro -Historical Investments
(Saudi Arabia- Hindoostan- India- Chinese Empire- China- Persia- Anam- Cochin China- )
Issued c.1850-53, London by John Betts for
The London Modern Atlas
- (flourished 1844-63, 115 Strand)
Scarce, fascinating and decorative mid 19th century antique map.
Lithographed with original hand color. Note the strong decorative surrounding border, a feature soon to disappear on maps of the era.
As originally issued long ago, an actual antique/ vintage printed folio sized sheet of heavy paper, not a modern copy or reprint of the map.
Sheet remains overall well preserved, keeping in mind it is not modern or new, so minor flaws to paper unworthy of specific mention are sometimes to be found. Some light age wear or surface spotting/ soiling, all of which is hopefully visible within the zoomable scan. Not perfect or like new, but not defective or badly defective in some way- an entirely acceptable example of an elusive map. Some minor typical short splitting at fold line ends, being all but invisible or non-offensive when the map is opened flat.
The paper sheet could show various minor signs of age, but if we are offering it for sale, you can be 100% certain it is entirely worthy of ownership by even the most discerning collector or dealer.
Paper and image remains overall clean & sound, showing light dustiness or signs of age. Old maps & prints often display small minor repairs on the back, could have uneven blank margins, might have extraneous fold-lines or other small minor age flaws which do not detract from the visual appeal or value. Condition is carefully considered in arriving at our price.
Great old vintage antique map entirely worthy of hanging for display.
A cartographic depiction captured in a manner entirely unique to this era.
original centerfold as issued.
Sheet measures c. 14 3/4 " H x 18 1/2 " W.
Printed area measures c. 13 3/8" H x 16 1/8 " W
Tooley's Dictionary of mapmakers, v. 1, p. 133-noting he worked in London c.1844-63
Phillips, Atlases in Library of Congress, #
From a rare London folio atlas which saw only a very limited distribution at the time, nothing like the major U.K. cartographic publishers of the day.
A picture is worth a thousand words. The scan is a major part of the item description. Please examine it closely, as what you see is what we will send you.
[note: we grade conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws.].