19th. Century Antique Map of Calcutta, India With Fort William 1852 by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Framed
Unusually for SDUK maps, this map includes well-executed, intricate engravings of two buildings (both still extant) and a scene from the banks of the river. The map also includes a legend which identifies many public and church buildings. (Useful for time travelers). The map is also interesting for showing the horse racing course (still there), and the defensive parameter, now called The Maidan, which the East India Company Army cleared around Fort William to help repel attacks from local Nawabs in the 18th century.
Although this map is not extremely rare, it is an important document to anyone interested in the history of the British Raj and map collectors. An interesting gift or present.
Original colour. Professionally framed - gold wood frame with a band of green that picks up the same colour in the map. Professionally framed and backed on to hard wood.
Great gift for that hard to buy for 'man', suitable for libraries, study, man cave or den.
Three separate plates below the main illustrative map depict the Writers Building, Government House and Esplanade Row, with a listing reference guide to public buildings, churches and chapels in the city. Fort William and the Hoogly River feature.