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1933 Printers Limited Map of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur.

1933 Printers Limited Map of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Hard to find early map of Kuala Lumpur!



Kuala Lumpur.
  1933 (undated)    18.5 x 17 in (46.99 x 43.18 cm)     1 : 12000


A very uncommon 1933 map of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, issued by Printers Ltd. of Singapore. This map is centered on the Kuala Lumpur City Center and the modern day Central Market. It extends from the modern day Perdana Botanical Garden (Public Gardens) east as far as Jalan Tun Razak (Circular Road). This map is based upon surveys completed by the Surveyor General of the Federated Malay States and the Straits Settlements.

Today Kuala Lumpur is a sprawling megacity and the capital of Malaysia. It is the only 'alpha world' city in Malaysia and is the nation's cultural, financial, and economic center. When this map was issued Kuala Lumpur was part of the Federated Malay States.

This map was issued in Singapore by Printers Limited to accompany the Singapore and Malayan Directory of 1933. It is extremely rare to find any early maps of Kuala Lumpur, so this is an exceptional discovery.


Printers Limited (fl. c. 1879 - 1940) was a Singapore based printing and publishing company active in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century. Printers Ltd. provided a range of commercial lithography and printing services ranging from business stationary, to custom account books, to lithography. Among other projects, they issued the Singapore and Malayan Directory. Their offices were at 10 Collyer Quay, and their printing works on Trafalgar Street.

Federated Malay States Survey (1922 - 1945), better known as the F.M.S. Survey Department, was established in the early 20th century to produce detailed surveys of British Malaya and the Straits Settlements. The survey department had offices in most major Malayan ports, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang (Georgetown), and Malacca. They were the first official survey organization to publish detailed scientifically produced maps of the region.


The Singapore and Malayan Directory of 1933, (Singapore: Printers Limited) 1933.    


Very good. Minor wear on original fold lines. Backed on archival tissue.
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