Beautiful map of Surat. Gujarat and Tappi river from 1781




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.



SDUK Ceylon : 1830 Steel engraved


Indian I and Ceylon – Published under the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

London, Baldwin & Cradock, September 1831 [26,3 x 34 cm]
Steel engraving, hand colored in outline when published. This highly decorative map shows India and Ceylon with the Gulf of Manaar.

I have at least two of this series; one is a set of 8 maps and other one is about 5.



Map of Karachi from 1888


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



Railway map of India from 1893


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.


Doesn’t look that dissimilar, does it?

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



Tabula Asiae IX : Basel map from 1545


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




Mallet miniature map 1719


A few years ago, a friend of mine (hi Neeraj!) needed some legal work to be done. I wrote up the contracts etc for him, more as a favor and in appreciation he got a few maps for me. A couple of Belin maps and a couple of Mallet miniature maps. Sweet.

Only recently I learned of a series of other pictures and maps of India that Mallet published. And the map that I really want is that of Agra. I think I bid on it once, but didn’t get it; I am sure I was lowballing it.

These are really small maps; less than half of a letter page, so they are not that impressive or anything, but they are cute and pretty.

Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Decorative engraved map showing the Indian subcontinent with the neighbouring countries in the Indian Ocean

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