The first Pincushion Maps
By MILLER, Robert, 1810
Scotland [and] Ireland.
- Author: MILLER, Robert
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: 24 Old Fish Street
- Publication date: c1810
- Physical description: Two pincushion maps printed on silk, to recto and verso, original hand-colour, minor loss to border and image of Scotland, remnants of silk, with pins.
- Dimensions: (diameter) 55mm.
- Inventory reference: 18472
The burgeoning market for children’s books and educational games grew strongly throughout the latter half of the eighteenth century, with publishers such as Darton, Spilsbury, and Wallis producing a series of game and jigsaw, many of which had a map as their base.
The present examples published by Robert Miller are, according to Geoffery King, the earliest published pincushion maps. Miller a London publisher had premises at 24 Old Fish Street, from around 1810 to 1819 when he was declared bankrupt; his stock would later be acquired by William Darton Junior. Miller did advertise pincushions for sale in his, ‘A Catalogue of books & fancy articles’ circa 1819, however, they do not bear maps, but instead portraits of notable figures of the day.