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Auction 151, Lot 647

"Map of the Burman Empire", Cary, John

Subject: Burma

Period: 1820 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 21.1 inches
51.1 x 53.6 cm

Centered on Burma, this map extends west to Calcutta, India and as far east and south as Bangkok, Thailand. There is excellent detail of towns, early roads, rivers, and topography shown by hachure. Published by George and John Cary.

This map was controversial in its day, according to a letter written by John Walker to the editor of The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India and its Dependencies, published in the February 1825 issue. In his letter, entitled "Literary Fraud," John Walker claims that George and John Cary copied his own map of the Burman Empire, despite having been denied permission to copy it. Walker had been hired by the East India Company to compile a map of the region, which he created using recent surveys and "manuscript sketches by natives, collected by Dr. Buchanan." Walker admonishes the Carys and calls their copy "a very trifling and unimportant addition" and "a very slovenly copy."


Condition: B+

A nice impression with original color, light soiling and offsetting, and a fold separation that just enters neatline at bottom right.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $425

Closed on 11/19/2014