BENGAL Illustrations of the Roads throughout Bengal including those to Madras and Bombay...to which is added the Latitudes and Longitudes of all the Principal Places

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BENGAL
Illustrations of the Roads throughout Bengal including those to Madras and Bombay...to which is added the Latitudes and Longitudes of all the Principal Places

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BENGAL
Illustrations of the Roads throughout Bengal including those to Madras and Bombay...to which is added the Latitudes and Longitudes of all the Principal Places, lithographed througout, large hand-coloured folding map of India, 112 hand-coloured road maps by G. Herklots, extensive manuscript annotations in pencil throughout, some tears to folding map, contemporary half morocco, rubbed, 8vo, Calcutta, Asiatic Lithographic Company's Press, 1828

Footnotes

  • SCARCE, no copy traced at auction in the past thirty years. The fine road maps are accompanied by a "Table of Rates of Travelling by Dawk Bearers" and a "List of Dâk Stages from Calcutta to Benares, New Military Road" (indicating staging bungalows en route, principal rivers and remarks) and an index 'to the names of the Principal Places to be found in the Work with references to the Plates in which they are laid down.' Travelling by dawk (or 'dak') was the most expeditious, if expensive, method of covering long distances during this time. Before starting the traveller was reponsible for writing letters to bearers in the relevant districts through which they intended to pass, indicating where they were to be collected. See illustration on preceding page.
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