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Map of Karachi from 1888

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Not my fav map, mainly because it is kind of small. about 5″ or so. And the details are kind of strange.

I am looking for a large version of this map. Not this year, but next year I’ll revive my search for it.

issued in Paris in 1883 by Librairie Hachette for Elisee Reclus book ” Nouvelle Geographie Universelle La Terre Et Les Hommes “

Interesting, detailed and decorative small town map of Karachi. On page text, frame ok.

Clean and good condition – printed area 4.5″x 5″ (11x13cm) – plus small margins. Black/white

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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.

 

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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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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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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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SDUK. “Calcutta.” A very detailed map of Kolkata from 1842 – First Edition

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I think I have at least 3 copies of this. The first one doesn’t have any scenes, second one is in good shape, but very green and non-descript and third one (which is the First Edition of this map) has some detailed scenes that are really delightful – not because they show beautiful public buildings, but because they show images of people from Calcutta at that time and how they fit in to the British Raj.

A detailed and precisely drawn map of Calcutta by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. The Society is noted for their excellent maps, in particular their series of city maps of all parts of the world. These maps show most streets and major buildings. This map of Calcutta is typical of the Society’s output, with clear presentation of much detail of the city. Fort William and the Esplanade are prominent in the east, with the maze of streets of the city proper shown bounded by the “New Circular Canal.” A key identifies public buildings and churches. Along the bottom are three vignettes, showing the Writers Building, the Government House, and the Esplanade Row. A fine map of the city from near the middle of the nineteenth century.

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[First edition.] Fine, original, steel-engraved plan of Calcutta, by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), published as part of the Society’s Atlas in 1844, in London, by Chapman and Hall. The SDUK began its map publishing project under the leadership of Captain Francis Beaufort R.N. in 1829, and published the maps in parts, haltingly, over the next 15 years, completing the series in 1844, finally permitting the publication of a whole atlas. Many of the maps were actually drawn by Beaufort, who at the time was the Hydrographer to the Royal Navy, and all were closely supervised by him. J. & C. Walker worked closely with Beaufort in engraving the maps. The idea for the town plans, of which the SDUK published many dozens, was that of W. B. Clarke, an architect, who became an enthusiastic advocate for the plans, and who executed most of them himself, often on the basis of personal on-site observations. The plans are highly decorative, and often have accompanying vignettes, or sketches of the main buildings. Finely engraved, the plans set a standard of excellence for commercial map-makers in England for decades to come. Dimensions 16 1/4″ x 13 1/2″ overall. Excellent condition. High bidder pays 9.00 shipping and handling.

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