1854 Pharoah Map or Plan of Pallakad, Kerala, India

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1854 Pharoah Map or Plan of Pallakad, Kerala, India


Plan of Palakkad in Kerala India, at the time of British rule.


Plan of Paulgautcherry.
  1854 (undated)     10.5 x 8.5 in (26.67 x 21.59 cm)     1 : 7200


This is a lovely example of the 1854 Pharoah and Company map of Palakkad in Kerala, India. The map focuses on the area around the Palakkad Fort and notes fields, roads, official military buildings and topography. The title suggests the name ‘Paulgautcherry’ for this region, most likely an exonym used by the British at the time for Palakkad and nearby Pallatheri. A reference table in the lower left quadrant lists the locations marked within the fort.

The Palakkad Fort, captured by the British in 1790, continued to be garrisoned until the mid-19th century. This map was engraved by J. and C. Walker and issued as plate no. 59 by Pharoah and Company in their 1854 Atlas of Southern India.


J. B. Pharoah (fl. c. 1838 – 1869) was a Madras, India, based bookseller and publisher of educational books and map active in the middle of the 19th century. He maintained a bookshop on Mount Road. The form was a general emporium for European published work. They also published a weekly English language newspaper called The Athenaeum and Statesman (in 1864 renamed, he Athenaeum and Daily News). They also published the The Madras Quarterly Medical Journal and The Madras Journal of Literature and Science. Little more is known of Pharoah. More by this mapmaker...

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Pharoah and Company, An Atlas of the Southern Part of India including Plans of all the Principal Towns and Cantonments, reduced from the Grand Trigonometrical Survey of India shewing also The Tenasserim Provinces, (Madras) 1854.     The Pharoah and Company Atlas of Southern India was published around 1854. The medium format 4to atlas contained some 70 maps focusing on the southern part of Indian and the Tanasserium Province, or Burma. The atlas was engraved an printed in London by J. and C. Walker, but seems to have been issued only in Madras, India, by J. B. Pharoah and Company. The atlas claims to have been "reduced from the Grand Trigonometrical Survey of India," and, in fact the survey did provide a framework for the atlas, but little of the actual cartographic detail. The atlas is rather novel in that it has universal scale of 16 miles to the inch (1 : 1013760) for most of its regional maps. In addition to its regional maps, the atlas also contained 21city plans. These plans are some of the only obtainable mid-195h century maps of many South Indian cities. It also contained a rare map of Singapore.


Very good. Minor foxing. Minor wear along original fold line.


OCLC: 712143291.