Rare second edition of this important separately issued postal and transporation map of India, published in London by James Wyld.
The map is color coded by Presidencies (Bombay, Madras and Bengal), and notes the Political Divisions (British Possessions, Subsidiary States, Protected and Independent regions) and Civil Divisions:
- Lower Provinces of Bengal
- North West Provinces & Oude
- Central India Agency
- North West Frontier (Punjab)
- North East Frontier (Assam)
- East & West Berar
- Nizams Dominons
- Native States.
A key at the left locates the various roads:
- Post & Banghay Roasd
- Post Roads & Routes
- Banghay Roads
- Railways Completed
- Railways Sanctioned
A remarkably detailed map showing the means of transportation of people and postal goods through this vast region.
James Wyld Sr. (1790-1836) was a British cartographer and one of Europe’s leading mapmakers. He made many contributions to cartography, including the introduction of lithography into map printing in 1812.
William Faden, another celebrated cartographer, passed down his mapmaking business to Wyld in 1823. The quality and quantity of Faden’s maps, combined with Wyld’s considerable skill, brought Wyld great prestige.
Wyld was named geographer to His Majesty George IV and William IV, as well as HRH the Duke of York. In 1825, he was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society in 1830. Also in 1830, his son, James Wyld Jr., took over his publishing house. Wyld Sr. died of overwork on October 14, 1836.
James Wyld Jr. (1812-87) was a renowned cartographer in his own right and he successfully carried on his father’s business. He gained the title of Geographer to the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Albert. Punch (1850) described him in humorous cartographic terms, “If Mr. Wyld’s brain should be ever discovered (we will be bound he has a Map of it inside his hat), we should like to have a peep at it, for we have a suspicion that the two hemispheres must be printed, varnished, and glazed, exactly like a pair of globes.”