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Narsinga et Ceylon – map of Shrilanaka from 1609

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This is a miniature map, and I find it kind of hard to get excited about a miniature maps. But it is an interesting map for sure. It shows way too many islands on the coast line. I’ll keep an eye out for this one.

Amsterdam, c.1609. 90 x 125.
Uncoloured; A fine miniature map of Southern India and Ceylon, possibly engraved by Petrus Kaerius and probably published in the ‘Map Treasury’. Latin text on verso.

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Visapur antique map from 1719

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A beutiful print. Click on it to see it in full glory.

I tried to find the contemporary view of this location but didn’t have any luck.

Title: [Rare Old Antique print of India] Visapour, capitale du royaume de Decan une des plus grandes Villes de l’ Asie.
Author: Aa, P. van der.
PlaceAndYear: Leiden, 1719.
Publisher: Aa, P. van der. Rare Old Antique Map of India
Description: Pieter van der Aa was a prolific publisher. He published a.o. ‘ Naauwkeurge versameling der gedenkwaardigste zee- en land-reysen’, a series of accounts of voyages (1706-08) and ‘ Gal?rie agr?able du monde’, completed in 1729.A view of the ancient city of Visapour, southeast of Bombay. In the foreground a delegation of Dutch officials.

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Railway map of India from 1893

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You have to click on this map and see how extensive the railway network was in 1893 in India. By that time almost every important city (and every important hill station) was connected by rail.

And below is the map of railway network in 2003.

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Doesn’t look that dissimilar, does it?

The above map is from irfca (the Indian Railway Fan Club) site. Check them out.

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Kalara Map Collection – Antique Indian Maps

Kalara Collection. There is a nice ring to that.

This was an article in India Journal and Mr. Nair captured most of it very well.

 

Kalara Map Collection

Antique Indian Maps from 1550 onwards – Kalara Collection

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Antique Indian Maps = map of Delhi 1857

 

The map of Delhi from 1857 is indeed one of my fav map of all times. I have written about it before and one of these days I will post it in great detail.

I was born there, I have walked around in those narrow streets, I can still taste the delicious food from the little corner places in this town.

And that’s what a map should be, a depiction of place that almost transports you there.

India Journal Article can be found here.

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SDUK 1877 – large map of India in 13 map set

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Engraved by J & C Walker, for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. The index map of the whole of India and Ceylon, shows the extent of the 12 sheets and the areas covered.

I have this at least two or three of these sets that I can remember. One is a ten map set and another one is the one shown above 13 map set.

Not my fav maps for sure. It was more like a collections of names rather than maps. I generally bought them because they would have names of some of the citites that I know.

An individual map might look like this:

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A lot of detail, but no soul!

SDUK did print maps of the city plans and those are intersting. I do have one of Calcutta published by SDUK.

The more interesting part is the publisher – The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, founded in 1826, was a Whiggish London organisation that published inexpensive texts intended to adapt scientific and similarly high-minded material for the rapidly expanding reading public. It was established mainly at the instigation of Lord Brougham with the objects of publishing information to people who were unable to obtain formal teaching, or who preferred self-education. The Society was sometimes mentioned in contemporary sources as SDUK.

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