EASTERN FRONTIER OF THE CAPE COLONY HALL 1856

TITLE MAP OF THE EASTERN FRONTIER OF THE CAPE COLONY Compiled by Henry Hall (Draughtsman to the Royal Engineers, Cape Town) from Military and Other Surveys

CARTOGRAPHER Henry Hall

PUBLICATION DATE 1856

PUBLICATIONS London: Edward Stanford

TECHNOLOGY Lithograph on two sheets, dissected and mounted on linen and inserted in slightly damaged cover slip.

ARTIST Henry Hall

PRIME MERIDIAN London

VERSO Blank

CONDITION Original slipcase.  Some surface dirt that can be readily cleaned, and a small stain outside the map margin at the top left.

 

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HISTORY & OTHER INFORMATION Henry Hall was from Dublin, Ireland and settled in the Cape Colony in 1842.  He worked in the Eastern Frontier for the Royal Engineers.  He is an under-appreciated cartographer who made notable contributions to cartography of Southern Africa.  ‘Compiled from local authoritative information only, this map (Eastern Frontier) not only surpassed its predecessors in scale and completeness, but also achieved a marked degree of accuracy’ (Liebenberg)’.  ‘A striking map showing great detail’ (Norwich).  The eastern frontier was an important feature of nineteenth century history of South Africa because it was the main contact zone between the colonial forces and indigenous Xhosa tribes and was the site of numerous altercations.  The frontier zone was thus periodically surveyed and mapped by military engineers and Hall compiled his map from their information, complemented by his local knowledge.

REFERENCES http://www.icahistcarto.org/PDF/Liebenberg_Elri_-_The_Cartography_of_Henry_Hall.pdf  Norwich Addendum #9.  Not in Tooley.

VALUE The map in very good condition is a scarce landmark map in the history of cartography of South Africa and the history of eastern border of the developing colony, the Eastern Cape; it was also the area in which many British families settled from 1820.  The cartography of Henry Hall has only recently received appropriate recognition (See Liebenberg).  The sale of only two examples of this map is recorded on the AMPR.