Eastern Islands Birmah & C.
1840 (undated) 16 x 11.5 in (40.64 x 29.21 cm)
A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of the east Indies, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines. Includes modern day nations of Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and parts of China. During this time in history, Burma was under British rule, while much of modern day Indonesia including Sumatra and parts of Borneo were part of the Dutch colony of the Dutch east Indies. The French dominated Indochina, including Cambodia and Vietnam and most of the modern day Philippines were a Spanish territory called Spanish east Indies. Only Thailand (Siam) and China retained national sovereignty. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.
Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day.
Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.
Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible.
Rumsey 2305.046 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.