London: Laurie and Whittle, 1795.
Map, in two sheets, lined and joined. Copper plate engraving with original outline hand color. Overall dimensions are 48.25 x 58.5 inches.
This large-scale wall map of India depicts the country in intricate detail. Mountains, rivers, forests, roads, towns are noted based on the 'Father of Indian Geography"--James Rennell's surveys. Robert Laurie (c. 1755 - 1836) and James Whittle (1757-1818) were London-based map and atlas publishers active in the late 18th and early 19th century. Their firm combined Laurie's engraving skills with Whittle's social contacts and print sales experience. Together, they published numerous maps and atlases, often enlisting prominent cartographers such as Kitchin, Faden, Jefferys and others to update and modify their plates. This large map is an impressive example of their work.