Wallis’ Map of AfricaSKU: 9115
Wallis’ Map of Africa
Date of publication:
28.5 x 25 cm
Copper engraving, 28.5 x 25 cm, original hand-colour, blank verso, published in ‘Oddy’s New General Atlas of the World’.
This map of Africa features an inset of the Azores and Cape Verde islands. Much of the interior detail is highly speculative.
James Wallis (fl. 1810-1825) was born in Southampton in 1784, the son of a bricklayer. Apprenticed to John Roper in 1799, he learned the art of engraving. In later life he is variously recorded as a commission and discount agent (imprisoned for debt in 1835), a stationer, and a dealer in beer and wine.