The 'Times of India' Map of Bombay
c. 1895 (undated) 37 x 26 in (93.98 x 66.04 cm)
This is an extremely scarce and attractive map of Bombay, India issued c. 1895 by the Times of India. Covers the Island of Bombay in extraordinary detail noting numerous individual buildings, rail lines, city parks, and streets. Shows the Victoria Terminus, the Mint, the Town Hall, the Dockyard, the Cemetery, the Police Stations, the House of Corrections, Victoria Gardens, various factories, docks, churches, temples, chapels, social clubs, race courses, etc. etc. One of the finest and most detailed 19th century maps of Bombay we have come across. A rare find.
The Times of India (fl. November 3, 1898 - present) was founded under the British Raj on November 3, 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce. Initially it was a bi-weekly newspaper offering English language news from Europe, America and the subcontinent. It adopted its current name, The Times of India in 1861 shortly after transitioning to a daily. While originally a British owned and operated concern, following independence, the Times was taken over by the Dalmiyas family. Today the Times owned by the Sahu Jain group, is the world largest daily broadsheet newspaper. The group also own several other major India based publishing concerns.
Edward Stanford (May 27, 1827 - November 3, 1904) was one of the most prolific map publishing firms of the late 19th century. The company began as a partnership in 1848 between the 21 year old Edward Stanford and the established map dealer Trelawney Saunders. By 1853 the partnership had dissolved and Edward Stanford took full control of the business. A subsequent series of expansions and exciting new map issues finally led to the production of Stanford's masterwork, "Stanford's Library Map of London". This map is still available and remains somewhat accurate. At the time of publishing it was hailed by the Royal Geographical Society as "the most perfect map of London that has ever been issued". In 1882 Edward Stanford Sr. passed the firm on to his son, Edward Stanford Jr. who continued in his father's proud tradition. Today the Stanford firm still publishes maps and remains one of the most important and prolific cartographic publishers in the world.
Good condition. At some point this map was folded. The folding caused some wear on the fold lines as well as loosening of the original linen backing. Would be very well served by rebacking with new linen.