Detailed folding map of India, 100 x 68 cm, original hand colour, imprint trimmed in the lower margin, laid on linen and folding into original cloth slipcase with publisher’s paper label, a little rubbed and worn.
Our example is undated, and the map was revised and updated over a considerable period. It retains the dedication to Sir James Rivett-Carnac, Chairman of the Court of Directors of the East India Company, who died in 1846; the East India Company itself was stripped of its powers in 1858. The latest date recorded on the map are on the list of ‘British Allies’: the annexation of both Nagpur and Awadh under the doctrine of lapse is given as 1856. The first passenger railway train in India ran in 1853, and here the network is reasonably developed. The line to Bangalore, which opened in 1864, is shown as under contruction, and work on the Nizam’s Guaranteed State Railway in Hyderabad, also shown as ‘constructing’, began 1870.
The map is divided into numbered squares, which correspond with lists of military and civil stations in the Presidencies and Provinces which surround the map. In the upper left hand corner is a table of distances coloured so that it can be read to show the mileages from either Delhi or Calcutta, and the map is coloured to show distinctions between British possessions and independent states.