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Arrowsmith's large chart of the East Indies

Title
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.
Author
ARROWSMITH, Aaron
Publisher
A. Arrowsmith, No.10 Soho Square,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
20th Feb., 1800. Additions to 1812.
Dimensions
1310 by 1870mm (51.5 by 73.5 inches).
Price
SOLD
Reference
2265

Description

Engraved chart, on four sheets, joined as two, some minor offsetting, first sheet slightly creased.

Notes

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.