Daniel Lizars

Daniel Lizars (1793 – 1875) was an engraver, printer and publisher. He produced detailed, clear, beautifully hand colored maps in the tradition of Cary, Thompson and Pinkerton. Born in Edinburgh, he and his brother William Home Lizars maintained their father’s engraving and printing business until 1832 when they declared bankruptcy. In 1833, Daniel and his family emigrated to Canada settling near Lake Huron. He left an important collection of 650 volumes of unique Scots-Canadian interest which was acquired by the University of Guelph in 1892. His brother William continued publishing until his death in 1859 when the firm was acquired by W. & A. K. Johnston, who carried on in the Lizars’ tradition.

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