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1836 India

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This Newly constructed and extended Map of India: from the Latest Surveys of the best Authorities, Published principally for the use of the Officers of the Army in India, is respectfully inscribed to Major General Sir John Malcolm… drawn and engraved by John Walker and published by Wm H Allen & Co.

This rare original large scale hand coloured copper engraved map of India is presented in two parts, Northern and Southern; dissected into 30 parts per sheet; laid on linen. Found in original embossed slip-case with embossed gold label India on front and hand written paper title to bottom.

Originally published by Wm. H. Allen & Co in 1831, this is the revised and rare, updated later edition.

The earlier 1831 edition can be found at the Australian Maritime Museum but we can find no reference to this, the 1836 map.

1550 x 814mm per Sheet                1550 x 1630mm Overall Size

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William H Allen & Co, established in 1835, was a bookselling and publishing business in England best known for issuing works related to the British Colonies. It operated from its Headquarters at 6 Leadenhall Street, later moving to Waterloo Place. Owners included James P Allen, William Ferneley Allen (d1877) and William Houghton Allen. W H Allen still continues to this day and is now an imprint of Ebury Press which itself is a division of Penguin Random House.

The firm originally started as Black, Kingsbury and Parbury which then became Black, Kingsbury Parbury and Allen (1812-1822). In 1822 William Houghton Allen joined Thomas Kingsbury and Charles Parbury to create Kingsbury, Parbury and Allen. On the retirement of Thomas Kingsbury the firm become Parbury Allen & Co trading from 1827 – 1834. William created his own company William H Allen & Co in 1835 working from Leadenhall. He died in 1855.

J & C Walker (fl 1820- 1895) was made up of three associates who became collectively known as J & C Walker. John Walker, Alexander Walker and Charles Walker. They were London engravers, draughtsmen and publishers, and worked from No. 47 Bernard Street off Russell Square (1830 to 1836), essentially their Pre-Victorian period.  From No. 3 Burleigh Street off the Strand (1837 to 1840), then later from No. 9 Castle Street in Holborn, in the east of the City of London (1841 to 1847) and finally from their address, No. 37 Castle Street in Holborn from 1848 until 1875.

John, Alexander and Charles Walker were the sons of John Walker Senior who had worked for Alexander Dalrymple: Hydrographer to the East India Company in 1779 and to the Admiralty in 1795. John (senior) was appointed Hydrographer in 1808 and when he died, Sir Francis Beaufort, who devised the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force, was appointed. John Walker the Younger also became Hydrographer to the East India Company in 1836.

John and Charles continued the family firm until the 1890s. It is not certain why Alexander is so infrequently mentioned and did not have his name represented in that of the Company

J & C Walker is best known for its work in conjunction with the maps issued by the S.D.U.K (Society for the Diffusion of Useful mKnowledge.) However, they also engraved a large corpus of work for the British Admiralty , as well as issuing several important maps of India, the Empire, the Americas and the World. This rare map of India, being one of them. They also drew and engraved for many other publishing houses; but in England are most probably best known for their multiple issued Royal Atlas, and their British Atlas which contained forty-seven maps of English and Welsh counties, which incorporated much or the Reform Act representational information and the newly opening railways.

Dimensions 155 × 163 cm
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Title

This Newly constructed and extended Map of India from the Latest Surveys of the Best Authorities. Published principally for the use of the Officers of the Army of India is respectfully Inscribed by Major General Sir John Malcolm GCB K LS&c by his most obedient Servants Wm. H Allen & Co. London corrected to 1836. Drawn & Engraved by John Walker.

Published

London 1836

Condition

Presented in two parts Northern and Southern. Both parts dissected into 30 parts per sheet and laid on linen. Some soiling throughout with offsetting.

Further Information

Sir John Malcolm was born in 1769, one of seventeen children of George Malcolm, an impoverished tenant farmer in Eskdale in the Scottish Border country, and his wife Margaret ('Bonnie Peggy'), née Pasley, the sister of Admiral Sir Thomas Pasley. His brothers included Sir James Malcolm, Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm and Sir Charles Malcolm. He left school, family and country at the age of thirteen, and achieved distinction in the East India Company, where he was nicknamed 'Boy Malcolm. Together with his contemporaries Mountstuart Elphinstone and Sir Thomas Munro, Malcolm was an architect of three early principles of British rule, whose wisdom "was too soon forgotten and remembered too late". Four main themes can be identified. Firstly, India was to be ruled for the benefit of the company – but also of Indians, i.e. no British settlers. Secondly, indirect rule was to be preferred, leaving existing Indian rulers in place wherever possible, with minimal disturbance of traditional methods of governance, religion and social structure. Thirdly, Malcolm helped to develop the role of the District Officer, a small group of powerful administrators with minimal overt force to support them. Fourthly, Malcolm promoted a 'forward' foreign policy; meaning diplomatic engagement with neighbouring states such as Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

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