Dalrymple, Alexander


Chart of the Northern Part of The Bay of Bengal

Chart of the Northern Part of The Bay of Bengal Laid down chiefly from the Surveys made by Bartholomew Plaisted and John Ritchie

DESCRIPTION: Rare English sea chart, covering the mouth of the Ganges River and surrounding areas, by Alexander Dalrymple. Includes the population centers of Kolkata ("Calcutta") and Chittagong ("Islamabad") and the Chittagong Coast.

List of references at upper right of the chart contains a listing of islands, rivers, and creeks between Sagor and Chittagong.

Includes very extensive depth extensive soundings in fathoms. Arrows indicate the directions of strongest part of the flood-tide; Roman numbers show the high and low tides.

Published by Alexander Dalrymple on 15 September, 1772 "According to an Act of Parliament." In his doctoral thesis Cook wrote of Dalrymple that he was:
"now generally regarded as the originator of official British hydrography… was cumulatively a private publisher of nautical charts and plans (from 1767), the 'examiner of ships' journals' and chart publisher for the East India Company (from 1779), and Hydrographer to the Admiralty (from 1795)".

Reference: Cook, Andrew S., Alexander Dalrymple (1737 - 1808) Hydrographer to the East India Company and to the Admiralty; as publisher: A Catalogue of Books and Charts. Vol. 3 .Doctoral Thesis, University of St. Andrews. 1992.

CREATOR: Dalrymple, Alexander



BODY OF WATER: Bay of Bengal

CONDITION: Good.  Small repaired marginal tear at bottom in the margin only, not affecting the image. Small stain near center.


ENGRAVER: B. Henry and G. Delahaye

SIZE: 23 " x 18 "


PRICE: $950


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