New Zealand published under the direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and of the National Society.
- Author: STANFORD, Edward
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Edward Stanford
- Publication date: 1866.
- Physical description: Lithographed map, hand-coloured in outline, folding into original blue cloth case with publisher’s label.
- Dimensions: 1015 by 835mm (40 by 32.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11553
The present map was commissioned by the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge — the oldest Anglican missionary organisation — and the National Society, part of the Anglican Church, which was set up in 1811 to provide schools for poor children.
Edward Stanford (1827–1904) was a highly successful publisher, known for his accurate maps of London. He began his career working for Trelawny Saunders, an enterprising mapmaker who supplied a daily weather chart for the Great Exhibition. Stanford started his own business in 1853, was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society the following year and set about expanding the cartographical aspect of the firm. He bought the stock of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in the early 1850s.