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1840 Black Map of India

Hindustan,  with part of Cabul. - Main View

1840 Black Map of India



Hindustan, with part of Cabul.
  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 India. The map covers the Indian subcontinent from the Hindu Kush mountain range to the Indian Ocean. It also includes the Maldive Islands, the Lakshadweep Islands, Ceylon and parts of Kabul in Afghanistan. During this time in history, the Indian subcontinent was ruled by the British east India Company. The east India Company ruled India until 1858, after which it was governed by the British Raj till it finally gained independence in 1947. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.


Charles and Adam Black (fl. 1807 - present) were map and book publishers based in Edinburgh. Charles and his uncle, Adam, both 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. More by this mapmaker...


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 2305.045 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.