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A good example of the third edition of the so-called McDonnell-Wyld Chart of New Zealand, published by James Wyld in London.

The map includes seven inset charts titled as follows:

  • Plan of the Entrance to Port Manouako (Manukau Harbour).
  • Plan of Dusky Bay
  • Plan of Southern Port, Stewarts Island
  • Plan of the Bar and Part of the Hokianga River
  • Plan of Victoria. Bay of Islands
  • Port Nicholson
  • Oyerri or Pelorus River (Marlborough Sound).

The McDonnell-Wyld map, first published in 1834, is one of the most important and influential early maps of New Zealand. Between 1834 and 1870, the map was issued in at least 27 different states, showing the evolution of New Zealand's early exploration and settlement. As a series, the maps graphically illustrate the vast changes between 1834 and the 1860s.

The map received excellent reviews in the New Zealand Journal (London). A review of this third edition in the June 20, 1840 issue describes it as:

"... the best general map of New Zealand extant." The review of the third edition in the November 12 1840 issue notes "This edition is executed with Mr Wyld's usual care. No pains have been spared to collect the best information, ... "

The chart was originally compiled by the early New Zealand trader, Lieutenant Thomas McDonnell. After retiring from naval service in 1815, McDonnell spent some years in the service of the East India Company and in 1831 became a resident at Hokianga. By 1834 there was a demand for a new general chart of New Zealand and McDonnell's chart became more than just a new general chart; it served as the prototype for many charts subsequently published and influenced competing chart makers for fifteen years or more after it was first issued. 
In an article in the Map Collector, P. L. Barton notes that the first known issue of the 'third' edition was published on 9 February 1840 and Wyld's name replaces McDonnell's in the title. 

In the original chart four insets were included. With state 5 in 1840, the insets increased to seven. 


James Wyld (1812-87) was one of the world’s leading mapmakers, eventually holding the title of Geographer to the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Albert. His father, James Wyld the elder (1790-1836), succeeded William Faden, taking on the former’s successful and respectful business.



Original outline hand-colour.

Generally good original condition, some marginal cracks (repaired) with the bottom right hand corner cut  for indexing (as normal), not affecting the printed surface.




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