By: Aaron Arrowsmith Engraved by: George Allen
Date: 1804 (dated) London
Dimensions: 73.8 x 63 inches (187.5 x 160 cm)
This is a very important and scarce map of India during a time of very active British colonization. Large six sheet wall map of India combined into three sections; an excellent impression with original color. Elaborate calligraphy title in upper right corner of top sheet. The map exhibits attractive shading of mountain ranges and extremely detailed rendering of interior roads and towns. The map extends eastward from Kandahar in Afghanistan across Kashmir and Nepal to the Ganges Delta and south as far as all of Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
In a few places, there are commentaries on the navigability of certain rivers, such as: “The River Ganges is at the lowest in April, it is fordable in some places above the confluence with the Jumna, but the Navigation is never interrupted. At 500 miles from the Sea, the Channel is 30 feet deep and continues at that depth at least to the Sea. Principal Channel varies from 400 yards to 1¼ mile but is commonly about ¾ of a mile in width the mean rate of motion is nearly 3 miles an hour in the dry months, in the wet season the current is from 5 to 6 miles an hour, the fall is about 4 Inches in one mile through the plains.”
Condition: Light offsetting throughout. Minor separations at the top and bottom of the centerfold of each section.