Arrowsmith’s large chart of the East Indies

By ARROWSMITH, Aaron, 1812 

Chart of the East India Islands. Exhibiting several passages between the Indian and Pacific Oceans; Inscribed to the Commanders and Officers of the British Ships navigating those seas, by A. Arrowsmith.

Asia Southeast Asia
  • Author: ARROWSMITH, Aaron
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: A. Arrowsmith, No.10 Soho Square
  • Publication date: 20th Feb., 1800. Additions to 1812.
  • Physical description: Engraved chart, on four sheets, joined as two, some minor offsetting, first sheet slightly creased.
  • Dimensions: 1310 by 1870mm (51.5 by 73.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2265


Aaron Arrowsmith (1750–1823) was the finest cartographer of his generation. Although he received little formal education it is believed that he was taught some mathematical instruction by William Emerson, an author of several books on the application of mathematics to the area of cartography. Around 1770, Arrowsmith moved to London to seek employment. It is believed that he worked for William Faden before joining John Cary Sr. in the early 1780s. There he provided the measurements for John Cary’s early publication detailing the roads from London to Falmouth, his first signed work. Arrowsmith set up on his own in 1790 and over the next thirty years produced some of the most beautiful and elegant maps of the era.