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Antique Street Map of London by James Wyld 1886

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19th century London Street map by James Wylde for sale

The Wyld family were very influential in the world of cartography throughout the 19th century. James Wyld Snr (1790-1836) founded the firm, becoming geographer to His Majesty and HRH Duke of York, was also a founder member of the Royal Geographical Society in 1830. He is credited with introducing lithography into map printing in his plans of the Peninsular Campaign in 1812. The Company acquired William Faden's business in 1823 including his shop at 457 West Strand.

In 1830 Wyld Snr was joined by his son, James Wyld the Younger (1812-1887), a Master of the Clothworkers Company and As a governor of the city and guilds institute he took a leading part in the promotion of technical education. With a reputation as a man of science, he held seventeen European orders, including the Legion of Honour, and a gold medal for scientific merit from the King of Prussia.

Subsequently elected a Liberal MP for Bodmin, Cornwall in 1847-52 and 1857-68. He was instrumental in passing the mines' assessment bill, and introduced the first county financial boards bill. He was an active supporter of vote by ballot.

The Wylds worked on the Ordnance Survey which was published in 1833. A prolific worker, Wyld Snr is reputed to have died from overwork.

1819-25 - A General Atlas (Snr)
1820 - Settlements in New South Wales (Snr)
1824 Map of North America
1837 - Map of Australia compiled from Nautical Surveys
1840 - Chart of New Zealand
1838-41 - A New General Atlas
1842 - Atlas of Modern Geography
1849 - Popular Atlas of the World


Victorian street map of London by James Wyld