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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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Indiam extra Gangem 1695

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You’d probably laugh at me if I tell you that I have a silver cake server with this map on it! I have no idea how that happened, or how I actually paid real money for it, but there it is.

This is a later map form 1695 based on a map published in 1578, which in turn was based on a map from second of third century.

The reason I liked this map is that it combines old and new; the map is old, but the cartouche on the sides and details look new. By new I mean contemporary based on late seventeen century designs.

 

Beautiful fresh map of India, the Ganges, and part of Asia by Gerard Mercator, from his rendition of Ptolemy’s Geography. Originally published in 1578, this is is a later (ca 1695) edition from Francois Halma of Utrecht. In extraordinarily good condition — The stipled sea is is adorned with a decorative cartouche, compass rose and several sailing ships. On land are Bactrian camels, nomads, and well-engraved elephants.A single centerfold, as made for inclusion in the atlas folio. Hand-laid paper with chain lines; blank verso. Measurements are of the image; page size is much larger.

Title : Tab.XI Asiae comprehendens Indiam extra Gangem
Author : Mercator, Gerardus
Year : 1695

Edition : 2.00
Size : 32.5x34cm

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Tallis Map 1850 London

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It took me a while to find this map. Just absolutely beautiful. I love it!

The seal of East India Company is kind of strange, but it is a great map to have.

J. TALLIS “Southern India Including the Presidencies of Bombay and Madras.” London. c.1850. Colored. 13X9. Attractive and very detailed map shows the mainland of India and the island of Ceylon. Region covered stretches from present day Pakistan and Afganistan called Sinde and Gujer showing the Gulf of Cutch and the Gulf of Cambay. Locates Karachee (Karachi) and Bombay on the coasts. In the northeast map stretches across India to Gangam, Jaggurnant and the Bay of Bengal. Includes 7 decorative engraved scenes of 1.) Shuhur, Jeypoor, 2.) Tomb of Sultan Mahomed Shah. Beja poor. 3.) The Government House, Calcutta, 4.) Seal of the East India Company, 5.) English soldiers writing on a monument, 6.) Religious statues, 7.) Armies galloping on horses and camels. Includes a decorative border frame and an elaborate title cartouche.

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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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Willem Blaeu. “India quae Orientalis dicitur, et Insulae Adiacentes.” Amsterdam: W. & J. Blaeu, 1640-43

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Willem Blaeu. “India quae Orientalis dicitur, et Insulae Adiacentes.” Amsterdam: W. & J. Blaeu, 1640-43. 16 x 19 3/4. Engraving. Lovely, original hand color. Very good condition. Latin text on verso.

A striking map of India from a series of wonderfully decorative maps by Willem (Guilielmus) Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), the progenitor of the famous Blaeu cartographic firm of Amsterdam. Blaeu studied astronomy and sciences with Tycho Brahe, and in 1599 established a globe and instrument making business which soon expanded to include cartographic and geographic publishing. This firm was to go on to become the largest and most important cartographic publishing firms in the world, run by his sons Cornelis (until his death in 1642) and Joan. The maps issued by the Blaeu firm are known for their fine craftsmanship and design, and have been called “the highest expression of Dutch cartographical art.” This map, with its excellent original color and clear and precise detail is a premier example of the Blaeu output.

I do have a Bleau map, but not this one. This looks pretty interesting

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Tabula Asiae IX : Basel map from 1545

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North India and Pakistan

Title: Tabula Asiae IX

Artist: Muenster, Sebastian

Published: Basel

Date: 1545/52

Size: [25,2 x 34 cm]

Technic: Woodcut, uncolored.

Description: Woodcut map from “Geographiae Libri VIII …” published in Basel at Heinrich Petri.

Notes: A very good impression, in excellent condition.

Condition: Excellent

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