WYLD, James. A Map of Ireland. Title in decorative letters. Below the letters is a large view, possibly of Killarney; above is a small harp in a sunburst, in the midst of clowds. Below the view is the legend ‘Published by James Wyld, Geographer to the Queen, Charing Cross, East London’, . Another large view, this time of the Giant’s |Causeway, occupies the bottom right-hand corner. Towards the top right is a view of a Round Tower, to the right of which are 14 different lines of Scale. Towards the bottom left are 4 lines of Reference. In the sea off the Isles of Arran is a note to the effect that the copyright has been purchased from the government. The whole map is surrounded by a wide border (4 cm) decorated with linked leaves. Folded linen backed map (single sheet). 144 x 192 cm. Preserved in a custom made felt-lined slipcase in the shape of a book, title in gilt on red morocco label on spine. All edges marbled. In fine condition. [L1]
Bonar Law 345 (i).
James Wyld (1812-1887) was a British geographer and map-seller, best known for Wyld’s Great Globe. He was the eldest son of James Wyld the Elder and Eliza (née Legg). In 1838, he married Anne, the daughter of John Hester, and had two children, one of whom, James John Cooper Wyld also became a map publisher.
On his father’s death in 1836, Wyld became the sole owner of the thriving family mapmaking business based in Charing Cross. His maps, which covered regions as diverse as London and the gold fields of California, were regarded highly, and Wyld himself had an excellent reputation as a mapmaker; he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1839, and he was appointed Geographer to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (as had been his father before him)