Stanford’s map of Central Africa
By STANFORD, Edward, 1885
- Author: STANFORD, Edward
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Edward Stanford, 26 & 27 Cockspur Street, Charing Cross
- Publication date: 1885 — 1908
- Physical description: Lithographed and coloured, dissected and mounted on linen, folding into original red cloth slipcase, publisher’s label pasted on, yellow advertisement for “New Geographic Works” and “Ordenance Survey Maps” at endpaper of cover and map when folded.
- Dimensions: 540 by 690mm (21.25 by 27.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 14718
Edward Stanford sr. was an English mapmaker and publisher, who built his firm to be the largest (and best) mapmakers and publishers in London by the end of the nineteenth century. In 1857 he founded “Stanford’s Geographical Establishment”, which is named as publishing company in the bottom right corner of his map of Central Africa. His business quickly received great success at a time, when colonialism, railways and other contemporary issues raised the demand for high-quality, accessible maps. In 1882 Edward Stanford sr. retired and passed on the firm to his son Edward jr. After taking over many map businesses and their stock, Stanford was recognized by their appointment as Geographer to the Queen in 1893.