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The Pathways of Empire Delineated
Eurasia/ Africa/ Australia/ Imperial History..
Wm. H. ALLEN & CO. [London, 1856]
Map Showing The Steam Comunication And Overland Routes between England, India, China & Auastralia….
27 x 51 ¼ inches.
Lithograph with delicate hand color of the period; dissected & mounted on linen as issued; faint residue of erased pencil & crayon markings, small closed tears above New Zealand and along middle of right margin, linen reinforced at a few points, a bit dusty, but overall an attractive, vibrant, very good example.
An illuminating and attractive map that illustrates one of the foundations of British imperial power--the key trade routes by both land and sea between England and its farflung areas of trade. Appearing at the apogee of the steamship era, the map both delineates the major sea routes and identifies the carriers who plied them, as provided in the legend in the Indian Ocean. In so doing, this map is a particularly eloquent expression of Britannia's reach at the time. Nations and territories are delicately outlined in various colors, while British possessions are colored in pink as was the custom.
William H. Allen & Co. was at the time the world's leading specialist publisher and bookseller on travel to India and China. This map was drawn and engraved by "J. Walker," who was most likely the mightily prolific John Walker (fl. 1813-1873), who produced many maps of the East, at times for the East India Company and later the Admiralty.
Worms/ Baynton-Williams, British Map Engravers, pp. 692-694.