District of Coimbatoor.
1854 (undated) 10.5 x 9 in (26.67 x 22.86 cm)
1 : 1013760
This is a lovely 1854 map of the district of Coimbatore in the modern day state of Tamil Badu, India. Issued by Pharoah and Company, it covers from Ootakamund (Ooty) to Caroor (Karur) and from Shivanasamudra south to Sholayar Dam City. Includes important towns, roads, lakes, rivers and topography. Coimbatore city is identified.
Historically part of the Chera Dynasty, and later under the rule of the Cholas and Vijayanagara Empire, Coimbatore was part of the Roman trade route in India. The region became part of the Madras Presidency under the British East India Company in 1799 after the defeat of the Tipu Sultan and the Kingdom of Mysore. Today Coimbatore city and the district of Coimbatore are part of the state of Tamil Nadu.
This map was engraved by J. and C. Walker and issued as plate no. 6 by Pharoah and Company in their 1854 Atlas of Southern India.
John Walker, Alexander Walker and Charles Walker, known collectively as J & C Walker (fl. 1820-95), were engravers, draughtsmen and publishers working through the 19th century. They had several offices 47 Bernard St Russel Sq (from 1830 - 1836), 3 Burleigh St Strand (from 1837 to 1840), 9 Castle St Holborn (from 1841 to 1847) and 37 Castle St Holborn (from 1848 to 1875). The firm is best known for its work in conjunction with the maps issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge or, as it is more commonly known, the S.D.U.K. However, they also engraved a large corpus of work for the British Admiralty , as well as issuing several important maps of India and multiple issues of the Royal Atlas.
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.