General Map of the Middle Island, New Zealand.
The Picturesque Atlas Publishing Company, Limited, Sydney & Melbourne. Copyright 1888.
Colour-printed wood engraving (chromoxylograph). Printed area 610 x 370mm (24 x 14½"). Centre fold as issued. Very large margins.
A map of South Island, divided into districts, here called 'Middle Island' probably to acknowledge Stewart Island to the south. On the reverse is an index and a vignette wood engraving of an emu nestling surrounded by eggs. It was published in the 'Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, a periodical issued between 1886-88, timed for the celebration of the centenary of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1888. This was the largest publication project attempted in the Australian colonies, with 50,000 subscribers, roughly 1.3 of the population.
Codell: Imperial Co-histories, p. 219-220.
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