1778 A Plan of Bombay–Harbour, on the coast of Malabar, Shewing the true Situation of all the Rocks, Sands & Shoals, with the Marks to Avoid them…
By: Robert Sayer and John Bennett
Date: 1778 (Published) London
Dimensions: 18.9 x 31.3 inches (48 cm x 79.5 cm)
This map of the harbor of Bombay, oriented to the east, includes views of the coast from the sea at several locations. An inset titled “Plan of the Town of Bombay” gives details of the layout of Bombay’s walled fort and settlement as well as surrounding Dungeree Town and Madagascar Town. A key identifies 13 features of the fort, including its storehouse, gates, and wharf. Below that inset is a boxed column containing extensive text headed “References to the Harbour” and includes information on several navigational hazards detailed within the map. A long text at Tull Point recounts an episode in 1761 during the southwest monsoon when His Majesty’s Ship Medway narrowly escaped being lost on a nearby rocky shoal.
Condition: Strong impression on heavy paper with full margins. Slight offsetting and foxing throughout.
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