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 26 Jun 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
By W.W. Hunter
Published by Smith, Elder & Co., London - 1872

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The Coast of India, from Point Gordeware to the Ganges Comprehend... Read More
 27 Dec 2016 New Books
New Book:
Maps of Mughal India
By Susan Gole
Based on illustrations by Jean Baptiste Joseph Gentil
Published by Manohar Publishers and Distributors - 2003

Gentil lived for twenty-five years in India, spending eleven of them at the court of Shuja-ud-daula. He carried from India among other thing... Read More
 29 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Jain cosmological mandala: plan of Adhaidvipa; Gujarat, 19th century.

Jain cosmological mandala: plan of Adhaidvipa, or the two and a half continents where mortals dwell. In Jain cosmography the universe is divided into three kingdoms: the upper, occupied by the celestials; the middle, by the mo... Read More
 29 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Jambudvipa - Jain painting of the mortal realms of the universe

Painting on cotton
Deshnok, Rajasthan, dated 1844

In the Jain conception of the universe, between the heavens above and hells below is the middle world where mortals dwell, the only part of the universe from which the soul can ach... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Maps
The Amaravati Album

Inch to mile map of Amaravati and the surrounding countryside in 1816.

Inscribed: Map of Amrawutty in Guntoor & of Purtyall & the Diamond Mines with the villages Adjacent reduced from the Original Survey in 1816. The Limits of the Diamond Mines of Purtyall is denoted by a ye... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Maps
The Amaravati Album

Plan of the stupa excavation in June 1817.

Inscribed: Plan descriptive of the present state of the Mound of Depaldenna at Amrawutty, showing what has been cleared out and what still remains to be removed, laid down from actual measurements, June 1817. The yellow colour denot... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Maps
The Amaravati Album

A map of Amaravati and the surrounding countryside based on a survey conducted in 1816.

Inscribed: Plan of the town of Amrawutty, of the country near it, and of the Site of the ancient City of Daranacottah.

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 24 Jan 2014 Rare Maps
Rare Map:
Imperii Magni Mogolis sive Indici Padschach juxta recentissimas Navigationes accurrata delineatio . . .
Map Maker: Mathaus Seutter
Augsburg / 1728 ca

Detailed map of India, extending from the Ganges to Eastern Persia and North to the Mont de Caucause (Himalayas).

Colored by pro... Read More
 24 Jan 2014 Rare BOOKS
Rare Map:
Presqu'Isle De L' Inde deca la Gange, ou sont les Royaumes de Decan, de Golconde de Bisnagar, et le Malabar.
Map Maker: Nicholas Sanson
Paris / 1657

Detailed mid 17th Century map of India by Nicolas Sanson.

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Source: B... Read More
 24 Jan 2014 New Books
Book Review:
12 Maps That Changed the World
By Uri Friedman

Is there such a thing as a perfect map?

In June 2012, Brian McClendon, an executive at Google, announced that Google Maps and Google Earth were part of a far loftier pursuit than edging out Apple and Facebook in the map services ... Read More
 24 Jan 2014 Video
In 1973, the left-wing German historian Arno Peters unveiled an alternative to Mercator's allegedly Eurocentric projection: a world map depicting countries and continents according to their actual surface area—hence the smaller-than-expected northern continents, and Africa and South Americ... Read More
 23 Jan 2014 Video
Many Ways to See the World
A Thirty-Minute Tour of World Map Images
By Bob Abramms

Based on the popular and provocative book, Seeing Through Maps, this new DVD provides a fascinating 30-minute exploration into the minds of twelve mapmakers and how their unique backgrounds, philosophi... Read More
 23 Jan 2014 Article/Essay
The Most Popular Map Of The World Is Highly Misleading
By Christina Sternbenz

Because the Earth is roughly spherical, every flat map distorts our planet one way or another.

The most popular version is the Mercator projection, created by Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1... Read More
 23 Jan 2014 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Maps and their Makers - An introduction to the history of Cartography
By Gerald Roe Crone
Published by Hutchinson's University Library, London - 1953

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 23 Jan 2014 Rare Maps
Rare Map:
Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Quam ex Magna Universali Mercatoris . . . MDLXXXVII
Map Maker: Rumold Mercator
Geneva / 1587


Separately published example of the first edition of Mercator's map of the World, first printed in Geneva in 1587.

This is the early ... Read More
 23 Jan 2014 Rare Maps
Rare Map:
Universalis Tabula Iuxta Ptolemaeum
Map Maker: Gerard Mercator
Duisburg / 1578


Gorgeous example of Mercator's map of the World, based upon the writings of Claudius Ptolemy, from a later edition of Gerard Mercator's Tabulae geographicae CI. Ptolemaei ad mentem autoris rest... Read More
 23 Jan 2014 Rare Maps
Rare Map:
Undecima Asiae Tabula (Southeast Asia, China and India)
Map Maker: Claudius Ptolemy
Rome / 1478


Important early map of the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia, from the 1478 Rome edition of Ptolemy's Geography, Claudii Ptholomei Alexandrini. Cosmographia..., created under th... Read More
 26 Oct 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Description de l'univers
By Alain Manesson Mallet
Published by D. Thierry, Paris - 1683
In French
Volume 2

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Alain Manesson Mallet (1630–1706) was a French cartograph... Read More
 11 Jul 2013 Rare Maps
Fragment of map of Chittagong (Bengal), 23 January, 1818, by John Cheape, Bengal Engineers.

Pen-and-ink and water-colour fragment of a map of Chittagong by John Cheape(1792-1875) in 1818.

Chittagong, located in Bangladesh at the point where the Karnaphuli River empties into the Bay of Benga... Read More
 25 Mar 2013 Rare Maps
Map of Malabar, Canara and Deccan from the book:
Truthful detailed description of the famous East India Coast Malabar and Coromandel, and the island of Ceylon.
By Philippus Baldaeus
Published by John Janssonius of Waesberge and Someren in Amsterdam - 1672 Read More
 24 Mar 2013 Rare Maps
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:... Read More