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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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Beautiful map of Surat. Gujarat and Tappi river from 1781

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I have the map on the top, it is kind of non-descript, I know. But I know the city of Surat and sort of felt attracted to it.

The bottom map, is kind of nice. I like maps of these types, where it seems that they captured each tree on the property. It is not accurate description of vegetation on the land, but it not completely random either.

Click on the bottom map to see it in its full glory.

‘Grondtekening van eenen Tuin te Suratte/ Ligging der Suratte aan den vloed Tappi’

Description: Antique map (later hand coloring) of Surat, situated at the river of Tappi in India from Carsten Niebuhr’s Voyage en Arabie & en d’ autres Pays circonvoisins …’, 1781. The right part shows a garden near Surat. Size: The overall size is 14 x 10,5 inch. The image size is 11,5 x 8 inch. Technic: copper engraving. Condition: Very Good; small wrinkle.

 

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Dutch map of South East Asia 1635

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I can’t believe I don’t have this map. I think I bid on it at one of the map auctions, but didn’t win.

It is a gorgeous and important map.

An important Dutch map of South East Asia, noteworthy for being the first map to include, albeit incompletely, the discoveries made by the Dutch vessel Duyfken in 1605-06 in the Gulf of Carpentaria, an expedition which made the first recorded European contacts with Australia. The Australian discoveries of the voyage are not recorded here, only the survey along the coast of New Guinea. The map includes South East Asia in general with all of Malaysia, the East Indies, the Philippines, Indonesia, Indochina and southern China with the Pearl River Delta, Taiwan, and part of Japan. Richly embellished with 3 cartouches, coats of arms, 2 compass roses, a sea monster and 6 sailing vessels.

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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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AA, P Van der – Antique map of Bangaldesh and Burma 1707

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This is actually a set of three maps and I do have the whole set. Uncolored and very good condition. It shows little mountain range and elephants.

‘ T Koninkrijk van Bengale En Landschappen Aande Ganges Vloed tussen Mogol En Pegu Gelegen.
Author: Aa, P. van der.
PlaceAndYear: Leiden, 1707.
Description: Pieter van der Aa was a prolific publisher. He published a.o. ‘ Naaukeurige versameling der gedenkwaardigste zee- en land-reysen’, a series of accounts of voyages (1706-08) and ‘ Gal
Dimensions: 150 x 225 mm

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