Posted on: 24 March 2013

A map of India, showing Malabar, Madura and Cormeddel
Copperplate 18th Century
From: A collection of voyages and travels, some now first printed from original manuscripts, others now first published in English.
By: Awnsham Churchill, John Churchill, John Locke and John Nieuhoff
Published: London 1744 - 1746
Printed: Printed by assignment from Messrs. Churchill, for H. Lintot.

Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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..indeed a rare map...very useful...nice to see ancient indian map

remember we were on the Bangalore walks that Arun told us about the the British guy who started mapping the country and he perished of malaria/cholera/etc at Nagpur. From there on it was carried on by Everest who went on to reach Mt. Everest. Something like that if i can remember correctly. maybe this is the one. I love maps!!

You are refering to the Great Trignometric Survey started by William Lambton who died ay Hinganghat in Wardha not far from Nagpur. Even though Everest is the one who then completed the survey, Mt. Everest itself was not surveyed by George Everest but by Andrew Waugh who succeeded him.

how did they surveyed such a map???a great feat of engineering and almost to precission

This A.& J. Churchill map is merely a copy of the work of dutch cartographer, Phillip Baldaeus. For the original maps, look up Baldaeus's 1672 book on "The East Indian coasts of the Malabar & Coromandel" . That books a beauty & sure beats Churchill's compilation with unique maps & beautiful views including double-page view of Bombay, Ahmedabad, Cochin etc.

read in the newspapers... that geography is nearing extinction with no or few students opting for it in college.

going off in a tangent... but what fascinates me is the relation between cartography and our awareness of space or sense of geography. In course of pre-history human beings had occupied or at least had become aware of every environmental niche of the earth. This mobility of the preliterate people by foot, sledge animal and use of boats is a direct clue to their attainments as navigators....this can be attested by graphic expression like cave paintings. Paleolithic hunters without a written language or a concept of numbers beyond two or three were adept at setting out the topographic features pertaining to their mode of life. we can easily interpret them or for that matter patterns incised on Australian aboriginal shields recalling the movement of ancestors in the dreamtime as perhaps the cartographic material of the first kind. to me map has always has been an illustration of spatial relation actual or symbolic of a place, an event or a concept.......

Can i get a large print copy?