South Africa Transvaal and Cape Colony antique map. Published in London by G. W. Bacon & Co. c.1899. Colour printed map in paper wraps, folded as issued, unfolds to approx. 24 x 30 inches. Inset left: “Environs of Cape Town”; Insets right: “Durban & Port Natal”, “Transvaal, Orange Free State and Natal”, ” inset map bottom right shows the border area between Bechuanaland and Transvaal (including Mafeking.) Bordering states include: German S.W. Africa, Bechuanaland and Portuguese E. Africa. Cover inscribed “L. A. W0tton” in ink.
George Washington Bacon (1830–1922) was an American mapmaker and publisher who developed a successful business producing maps of London. In 1861, Bacon founded a series of businesses. He became bankrupt in 1867, after failing to keep on top of managing these businesses. In 1870, Bacon started his business, G.W. Bacon & Co., on 127 Strand, London. He based his atlases on the plates used by Edward Weller for his Weekly Dispatch Atlas. In 1893, he bought the map business of James Wyld. Around 1900, G.W. Bacon was purchased by the Scottish publishing house of W.& A.K. Johnston and incorporated into their own business. Maps using the Bacon brand were being produced as late as 1956.
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and on the east and northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland; and surrounds the kingdom of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa.