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Stanford's Map of the Northwest Frontier of India

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Stanford's Map of the Northwest Frontier of India

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  • Edward Stanford Ltd
  • This detailed new map was prepared for the second edition of Stanford’s ‘London Atlas’, shortly after the creation of the Durand Line (formalising the border between British India and Afghanistan in 1893).

    In the late 19th century the Northwest Frontier was the scene of a series of punitive expeditions mounted by the British against the local Pashtun tribes, but the map’s presence is also indicative of widespread British anxiety regarding the security of India’s frontiers and the possibility of a Russian invasion.

    The mapmaker

    Edward Stanford (senior) acquired Arrowmsith's stock in 1874, along with the rights to the ‘London Atlas’. Stanford’s own version of the atlas, which was published in 1887 and dedicated to Queen Victoria in the year of her Golden Jubilee, is considered to be his last significant work before his retirement. Later editions were revised in keeping with the latest information.

    Condition & Materials 

    Lithograph, 47 x 64.5 cm, printed in colours, blank verso.