The New Counties, Hundreds, & District Atlas of South Australia and the Northern Territory, 1876, together with [a] Map of South Australia indicating Roads, Distances, relative position of Counties, &c., &c ..
Adelaide, E.S. Wigg and Son, 1876.
Folio (432 x 292 mm), [ii] (title page and index), [vi] (advertisements), 1-20 (text), 19A (Addenda, with a fulll-page advertisement for Fauldings on the unnumbered verso), 21-22 (text), [ii] ('Central South Australia' by A.J. Giles, verso numbered 20) pages plus 25 double-page colour maps and a folding four-page colour map of South Australia (all presented in portrait format - the centrefold is across the middle of each map), and a leaf of advertising at the rear (verso blank).
Half morocco and dark green cloth (possibly a later binding resembling the original?) with the original large leather title-label mounted on the front cover; leather a little scuffed; cloth lightly marked; title page a little tanned at the four corners by the leather turn-ins; early 'Bank of South Australia, Port Pirie' ink-stamp on the title page and the blank recto of 21 map sheets; very light (and inoffensive) stain near the top margin of the maps towards the rear of the atlas (only visible in the margins and the blank versos); small light stain to the corner tip of the last few maps; overall an excellent copy of a scarce and important atlas, advertised as 'the first of the kind ever produced in the Colony'.
The leather title label contains some interesting details: 'The New District Atlas of South Australia and Northern Territory. Published by E.S. Wigg and Son, Adelaide, for the Proprietors, F.E. Hiscocks and Co.'. All but one of the very attractive maps carry the imprint of 'F.W. Niven, Lithographer, Engraver & Printer, Ballarat' (and 'for the South Australian counties Atlas 1876' is included in 16 of them). The 22 pages of letterpress contain a complete list of Pastoral Leases and a Gazetteer of South Australia. We have identified variant advertising material and its placement. The Northern Territory is represented by four maps, each approximately 520 x 400 mm. Ferguson 7981 and 7982 (indifferent entries clearly for the same item. Ferguson notes only the 22 pages of letterpress).