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Map, World, Eastern Hemisphere, Edward Stanford, London, Antique Print, c. 1885


Edward Stanford (1827-1904) (publisher)
Eastern Hemisphere: A Stereographical Projection on the Twentieth Meridian
Stanford’s Geographical Establishment, London: c. 1885
Hand-colored engraving, varnished, backed on linen, on rollers
33 x 25.75 inches

Wall map of the Eastern Hemisphere, projected within a hemisphere circle. There are four smaller inset maps of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres in the four corners showing different projections on the plane of the Equator — globular, stereographic, and orthographic. The main map is highlighted in delicate shades of pink and green with broad green outlines around nations. Mountain ranges and swamps are shaded with hatch marks. Thin curved dashed lines indicate the “Northern Limit of Wood,” “Northern Limit of the Hurricanes,” the northern and southern “Limit of Coral Reefs & Islands,” the “Southern Limit of Ordinary Navigation” and others. Ocean currents are indicated by parallel curved lines. Prevailing winds are also noted. The Antarctic coastline is partially mapped and labeled “Probable Antarctic Continent.” Stanford’s, the original publisher of this map, is still in business and offering a new reproduction of this map that they say was originally drawn in 1877. However, the map we offer here adds the Bechuanaland Protectorate in southern Africa, likely indicating a date of 1885 or after.

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Edward Stanford was the founder of a major British publishing house in 1853 that is still in business today. During the Victorian Era, the expansion of British colonialism, the rise of railways, and the popularity of the Grand Tour provided a robust market for maps in Britain. In 1877, the company expanded, acquiring the prestigious Staunton & Son Stationers. Stanfords became the sole agents for Ordnance Survey maps in England and Wales. In 1893 the company was named Cartographer to the Queen. By then, Stanford had retired and his son, Edward Stanford II, had taken over. Stanford II’s sons ran the firm for 30 years, selling it to the publisher George Philip & Son in 1947. However, Stanfords began operating independently again in 2001. Today it claims to be the world’s largest map retailer.

The map publication credits state that it was published under the direction of the Committee of General Literature & Education of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) and of The National Society. Affiliated with the Anglican Church, the SPCK was founded in 1698 by Thomas Bray (1656-1730) and others to widely distribute mainly religious literature such as Bibles and prayer books, especially in places underserved by libraries. Still active today, it is the third oldest surviving English publisher.

Full publication information: Published Under the Direction of the Committee of General Literature & Education. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and of The National Society. Sold at the Depositories Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross, S.W. 43, Queen Victoria Street, [illegible] 26, St. George’s Pl. S.W. & the Sanctuary, Westminster, also by Edward Stanford, 55, Charing Cross, London. Stanford’s Geographical Establishment, London.

Condition: Generally very good particularly for a separately issued on rollers, retains its original varnish, with light overall toning, wear, handling particularly to the varnish layer.


Marshall, Rev. Dr. William M. “Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge.” The Oxford Companion to British History. Online at (14 February 2022).

“Our History.” Stanfords. (14 February 2022).

“Stanford’s Eastern Hemisphere Map (1877).” Stanford’s. 2022. (11 February 2022).

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19th Century