Rama Setu: 18th cent. records, maps

1788 map showing Ramar Bridgehttp://www.themaphouse.com/archive/wallmaps/maincat.html Rennell (James): A Map of Hindoostan, original hand coloured wall map on four sheets joined, published London, 1788. Size: 47 x 41 inches In his position as the first Surveyor General of Bengal from 1767 to1777, James Rennell conducted one of the most important surveys of the Indian subcontinent. His sumtuous wall map of “Hindoostan” stands as an impressive overview of his extraordinarily detailed work. Dedicated to the illustrious President of the Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks, the map extends from the hardly explored “Himmalehs” to the north, west to the “Great Sandy Desert” and south to the island of Ceylon. Lavishly hand coloured, this is an outstanding monument to the British mapping of India. Rennell, James, 1742-1830. Description historique et géographique de l’Indostan. Paris, Imprimerie de Poignée, 1800. 3 v. ; 23 cm. Call Number: 1800 Re Rennell, James, 1742-1830. Geographische Bestimmung von Hindustan, nebst dessen Abtheilung in Provinzen und Staaten / von James Rennel … ; aus dem Englischen. Hamburg : bei Carl Ernst Bohn, 1784. p. [415]-524, [2] p. ; 18 cm. Call Number: 1780 Eb;v.6 Rennell, James, 1742-1830. Index to the memoir [and map of Hindoostan]. [London, 1788.] [51] p. ; 27 cm. Call Number: 1788 Ren Rennell, James, 1742-1830. A map of Hindoostan, or the Mogul Empire. London, J. Rennell, 1788. 4 sheets. ; 58 x 75 cm. (in case 61 x 79 cm.) Call Number: 1788 mRe Rennell, James, 1742-1830. Memoir of a map of Hindoostan, or the Mogul’s empire. M. Brown for the author and W. Faden, 1783. [2], xiv, 99, [32] p., [2] folded leaves of plates, 2 maps, 28 cm. Call Number: 1783 Ren Rennell, James, 1742-1830. Memoir of a map of Hindoostan. London, For the Author by M. Brown, 1785. 1 p.l., xvii, [1], 175, [35] p. : fold. maps ; 29 cm. Call Number: 1785 fRen http://bell.lib.umn.edu/cat/bib_r.html A cartographic drawing (dated to 1656-1725) made in Netherlands, shows that this ‘bridge’ was NOT called Adam’s bridge. Only the title in the Leupe catalogue calls it “Kaart van ceilon met de Adamsbrug” (that is, map between Ceylon and Adams bridge). It is apparently a name given by the British after they established colonial dominion in India. http://www.nationaalarchief.nl/AMH/detail.aspx?pageÚfb〈=en&id204 See also the copperplate printing at http://www.nationaalarchief.nl/AMH/detail.aspx?pageÚfb〈=en&id201 This is dated to 1700-1800. RENNELL, J. Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan; or the Mogul Empire: with an introduction, illustrative of the geography and present division of that country: and a map of the countries situated between the head of the Indus, and the Caspian Sea. To which is added, an appendix, containing an account of the Ganges and Burrampooter rivers. – London, printed by M. Brown for the author, 1788 . 4to. Title-page, cxli, 295, (51) p., 1 plan, 3 folding maps. [Old calf, front joint cracked and loosening, back joint repaired, corners bumped; inside clean and in good condition, bookplate of Sir Edward Strachey, some contemporary corrections in the text in ink] EUR 350,00 Second edition of the work that initiated the systematical geographical discovery of India. Its compiler, James Rennell (1742-1830), is sometimes also referred to as “the father of Indian geography”, because of the pioneering maps included in his work. The first edition appeared in 1783 and the most complete third edition was published in 1793. This second edition contains considerable additions, many corrections and a supplementary map compared to the first edition. The Appendix (pp. 251-295), earlier published in the Philosophical Transactions of 1781, and 2 maps concerned with the Ganges navigation, not always present in the first edition, are present in this edition of the Memoir. The maps and plan included in the work are: 1. The countries situated between the source of the Ganges and Caspian Sea (large folding) 2. A general view of the principal roads and divisions of Hindostan (folding) 3. a) Plan of part of the course of the Ganges, to explain the nature of the steep and shelving banks, Islands, &c. b) Section of a branch of the Ganges, as a further explanation of the steep and shelving banks. 4. Map of the inland navigation (folding) The map to which the Memoir applies was published separately and is not present. The contents pp. xvi-xvii explain the colouring of this map, classing the different possessions of the different groups. Windisch, Geschichte der Sanskrit-Philologie , pp. 15-16 ; Brunet IV 1233. http://www.smitskamp.nl/653-MFE.HTM See: http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/~csverma/Arc2.pdf RENNELL, J. Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan; or the Mogul Empire: with an introduction, illustrative of the geography and present division of that country: and a map of the countries situated between the head of the Indus, and the Caspian Sea. To which is added, an appendix, containing an account of the Ganges and Burrampooter rivers. • London, printed by M. Brown for the author, 1788 . 4to. Title-page, cxli, 295, (51) p., 1 plan, 3 folding maps. [Old calf, front joint cracked and loosening, back joint repaired, corners bumped; inside clean and in good condition, bookplate of Sir Edward Strachey, some contemporary corrections in the text in ink] EUR 350,00 Second edition of the work that initiated the systematical geographical discovery of India. Its compiler, James Rennell (1742-1830), is sometimes also referred to as “the father of Indian geography”, because of the pioneering maps included in his work. The first edition appeared in 1783 and the most complete third edition was published in 1793. This second edition contains considerable additions, many corrections and a supplementary map compared to the first edition. The Appendix (pp. 251-295), earlier published in the Philosophical Transactions of 1781, and 2 maps concerned with the Ganges navigation, not always present in the first edition, are present in this edition of the Memoir. The maps and plan included in the work are: 1. The countries situated between the source of the Ganges and Caspian Sea (large folding) 2. A general view of the principal roads and divisions of Hindostan (folding) 3. a) Plan of part of the course of the Ganges, to explain the nature of the steep and shelving banks, Islands, &c. b) Section of a branch of the Ganges, as a further explanation of the steep and shelving banks. 4. Map of the inland navigation (folding) The map to which the Memoir applies was published separately and is not present. The contents pp. xvi-xvii explain the colouring of this map, classing the different possessions of the different groups. Windisch, Geschichte der Sanskrit-Philologie, pp. 15-16 ; Brunet IV 1233. Collation: (a)4b4c2d4-s4t2B-2y4 [For more information or to order #130681] http://www.smitskamp.nl/653-MFE.HTM

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