India Within the Ganges

Author:

Susan Gole

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2021
ISBN-13

9789388540643

ISBN-10 9388540646
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 239 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 24.5x18.5x2
Weight (grms) 510

 


India intra Gangem – India within the Ganges – was the Latin name used by Europeans for many centuries when they were referring to what we now call the Indian subcontinent or South Asia. This was to distinguish it from many other India’s, the name given for any land beyond the river Indus before it was known what was really there.


This book deals the maps of India from earliest times until the accurate surveys made in the nineteenth century. Comprising seven chapters, the story of how these maps came to be drawn is related. Also included is a detailed catalogue of maps of India that were printed up to 1800 and three indexes, making it to identify any loose sheet map of India that has become detached from the book it once used to illustrate.


Sixty-five maps are reproduced, many of them for the first time since they were printed several centuries ago. Details from famous world maps are also shown, giving a fuller picture of how an accurate shape was gradually given to India on the maps. A few maps from ancient manuscripts by Indians have also been included.


Written in a lucid style, the book will charm the general reader as well as students of geography, history and sociology. It is also a mine of information for the serious collector of early maps.


 

Susan Gole

Susan Gole was born in England and married in India. At Bristol University she studied Latin and Greek. Her interest in maps dates from a chance visit to a museum on a rainy afternoon, and she began a serious study of the European maps of India. Her catalogue of maps printed up to 1800 was first published as part of India within the Ganges in 1983, and she reproduced many of them in A Series of Early Printed Maps of India I Facsimile, a large portfolio with most maps in their original sizes. This led her to a search for maps made by Indians themselves, before British engineers taught the use of European survey methods.
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