1929 Survey of India Road Map of India w/ Manuscript Notations

Road Map of India (Excluding Burma). - Main View

1929 Survey of India Road Map of India w/ Manuscript Notations


A detailed road map of India on the eve of the Great Depression.


Road Map of India (Excluding Burma).
  1929 (dated)     41.75 x 30.75 in (106.045 x 78.105 cm)     1 : 3168000


This is a 1929 Survey of India road map of India published under Brigadier Robert Henry Thomas. Covering the entire subcontinent, the map's focus is on India's growing road system. Nonetheless, it also details railroads, major rivers, regional boundaries, and mileage (green). Providing a fascinating insight into the development of the road system, three different road grades: through routes (marked by the biggest red lines), other main roads (thinner red lines), and 'motorable' roads subject to weather (thinnest red lines). Areas where delays are likely are also annotated.
Manuscript Notations
Green manuscript notations trace a trip from Bombay across India to Calcutta and then south along the coastline to Madras, Bangalore, Madura, and Trivandrum, although no indication is given if this is the correct direction. Other cities are underlined in green as well: Sholapur, Lahore, and Peshawar.
Publication History and Census
This map was created and published by the Survey of India under the direction of Brigadier Robert Henry Thomas in 1929. Four examples are catalogued in the OCLC as being part of the institutional collections at Harvard College, Duke University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Oxford.


Survey of India (1767 - Present) is India's central engineering agency in charge of mapping and surveying the country. It was founded in 1767 by Major James Rennell, who took the post of first Surveyor General, with the mission to map and consolidate the territories of the British East India Company. The Survey undertook the Great Trigonometrical Survey between 1802 and 1852 in an attempt to accurately measure the Indian Subcontinent - considered one of the greatest feats of mapping of all time. It also sponsored clandestine surveys, at times disguised as Buddhist pilgrims, to infiltrate and map Tibet, then a closed country. With India's independence in 1947, the Survey was folded into the new Indian government, which it remains part of to this day. More by this mapmaker...

Robert Henry Thomas (April 1877 - 1946) was a British army officer and surveyor active in India. Thomas studied at St. Edmund's College and St. Paul's School. He was aware the Pollock Medal and Commissioned on June 21, 1896. He was posted to the India Service in 1908. Thomas was in charge of Geodetic Parties for a year and was then transferred to charge of the Surveyor-General's office in Calcutta. Around this time he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Thomas served as Surveyor General of India from 1928 - 1933. He died in London in 1946. Learn More...


Very good. Light wear along original fold lines. Folds into original binder.


OCLC 48710013.