Laurie & Whittle’s Wall Map of India

£1,800.00

A New Map of Hindoostan from the latest authorities, chiefly from the actual surveys made by Major James Rennell… of the Bengal Provinces and of the countries lying between them and Delhy: the whole exhibiting all the military roads and passes, as well as the most accurate division of all the British possessions in the East Indies.

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A pioneering oceanographer and ‘father of Indian cartography’, James Rennell was appointed Surveyor General to the East India Company while still in his mid twenties. He surveyed an area of about 300,000 square miles of northern and central India, and was responsible for the earliest accurate map of the whole subcontinent, published in 1783 – which is the principal source for this map.

Robert Sayer re-published maps from Rennell’s Bengal Atlas in the 1780s. On Sayer’s death in 1794 his business passed to his employees Laurie and Whittle, who published under their own imprint in their ‘New Universal Atlas’.

Condition & Materials

4 copper engraved map sheets, joined, 118.5 x 145.5 cm, original hand colour in outline, some offsetting, old folds, blank verso.

References

Shirley, Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, T.LAU-1a.

Title

Laurie & Whittle’s Wall Map of India

Mapmaker(s)

LAURIE, Robert, WHITTLE, James

Place of publication

London

Date of publication

c.1794

Colour

original

Printed Area Measurements

118.5 x 145.5 cm