London: Edward J. Peacock, 65 Goswell Rd. ca. 1850. An unrecorded children's puzzle comprising a double hemisphere map of the world on one side and animals of the world on the verso, which include the Lyrebird & Kangaroo. The map "The World" is printed by Darton and Co 58 Holborn Hill (London). In Australia, place names include North Australia, Carpentaria, South Australia, Port Phillip, Melbourne, Bathurst, New South Wales, Spencers Gulf, Kangaroo I. Bass Str.,Sydney & Pt. Jackson, Hobart Tn, Van Diemans Land, Great I., Kings I., Sandy C., C. Glocester, C. Melville, Pt. Essington & Torres Str. The Darling and Murray Rivers are delineated. The Darling is dotted-in where it joins the Murray. Western Australia place names include Prince Regent River, Swan R., King George Sound, Cockburn Sound, C. Leeuwin, N.W. Cape, Sharks Bay, Houtman Shoals. The Prince Regent River was named by P. Parker King in 1820. Victoria and Queensland have not yet been so named. North America features Texas with no boundaries. Antarctic place names include Enderby Land, south of Kerguelen Island and Palmers Land or South Shetland. North of Canada shows Parry Island and North Devon.
The natural history puzzle has period colored vignettes of interesting animals of the world, including the lyrebird, kangaroo & gigantic kingfisher (kookaburra). Others include the lion, tiger, rhinoceros, camel, skunk, dog, guinea pig. This side bears the inscription "Published by Edward J. Peacock, 63 Goswell Road, London".
In the original wooden box with attractive color lithographed label. Wooden puzzle with paper images on both sides, complete with 59 pieces, a couple with some corners chipped. Measures 18 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. Box 7 1/8 x 9 x 2". The box label reads "Peacock's Improved Double Dissection. Geography And Natural History. The World". The image shows children examining a globe larger than they stand, British military, the Queen, four flags with animals at the base. Beneath the image is printed "St. James's Walk Clerkenwell".
Not recorded on OCLC. There are two other double dissections, of America & Europe, at Yale. (OCLC: 1050918510 & OCLC: 1012413522). The V & A holds one puzzle produced by William Peacock & co, Printer Gall & Inglis, Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh & 25 Paternoster Square, London, after 1875. This puzzle clearly predates that item.
Some paper loss to map blank margin. Dusty and rubbed o/w very good condition. Item #6089