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Rare large-scale map of Southeast Pahang in Malaysia

Reconnaissance Map South-East Pahang.
Federated Malay States Survey Number 216,
Publication place
[Kuala Lumpur],
Publication date
1280 by 1090mm (50.5 by 43 inches).


Lithograph map, mounted on linen, some slight loss cracking to map.


This highly detailed map, on a scale of two miles to the inch, is one of the earliest large-scale survey of the southeast Pahang, Malaysia.

The map depicts southeast Pahang with its border states of Negri Sembilan and Johore. A great deal of information is shown including state boundaries marked with dot and dash lines, contours, mountain heights, tin mines, rivers, swamps, trigonometrical stations, unexplored flat land, and names of rivers, hills, and villages; these include Chini Lake, Tasek Bera, Sungei Pahang, Sungei Rompin, Sungei Endau, Sungei Merchong, among others. Two dashed parallel lines mark a proposed road to Bahau.

Set up in 1908, the Survey Department of the Federated Malay States was the government department responsible for the mapping, charting in the states of Perak, Pahang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan. In 1920 the department was amalgamated with the Straits Settlement Survey Department.

Rare; we are only able to trace four institutional examples: the British Library, Leiden University, National Archives Singapore, and The National Archives Kew.