A Plan of Hastings Harbour, in the Mergui Archipelago, and the Adjacent Islands, by Capt. Danl. Ross, F.R.S. Marine Surveyor General 1828
by Ross, Captain Daniel, F.R.S.
London: James Horsburgh, 1829. A rare map of islands in the Andaman Sea, Burma, surveyed by Daniel Ross, known as the "Father of the Indian Surveys." Captain Ross was engaged in surveying the coast of China from 1806-1820. His highly accurate & trigonometrical charts were published as they were completed, and the whole were incorporated into Horsburgh's general charts. In 1823, he became the Marine Surveyor General. Clements Markham, in "A Memoir on the Indian Surveys" (1871) stated that "During the Burmese War from 1823 to 1826 the useful operations under his superintendency were interrupted..." and despite a "fit of ruinous economy" in 1828, Ross resumed his good work and in 1830, again had two brigs (surveying) in the Mergui Archipelago. The map was surveyed on the heels of the First Burmese War, perhaps with thoughts of being prepared for another war, and another, which fortunately did not start again until the 1850s. The map shows the islands Hasting's, St. Matthew's and St. Luke's, now named Hastings, Zadetkalay and Zadetkyi. Other islands include Pine Tree, Russell's, Three Hill, Phipp's, Barwell's and Horse Shoe Island, mostly appearing as Kawthaung on Google maps. Sea chart backed on linen and edged in blue silk. Some spotting in the lower right corner (water) but otherwise remarkable clean and fresh, including the silk ties. "Engraved by Richard Bateman" beneath the title. The British Library holds a copy ( BLL01004857047) but not noted on OCLC.
(Inventory #: 22345)
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