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A description of the roads in Bengal and - RENNELL, James - 1778. [1203669]
London Printed by order of the Honourable the Court of Directors of the said company 1778 - First edition. 8vo., [2],iv,[2],281,[3]pp., engraved folding map frontispiece, trimmed along fore-edge, offset to title, split to folding table at end, modern calf-backed marbled boards, vellum tips, a very good copy. Rare. ESTC lists 8 copies: in the UK, Brighton Central Library, BL, Oxford, Winchester; In the U.S.A, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Texas, and Yale University, Seeley G. Mudd Library. In addition, University of Melbourne, Baillieu Library. Rennell (1742–1830), obtained a Bengal army commission as practitioner engineer in the construction of the new citadel at Fort William, and the particular commission, in place of the recently deceased Hugh Cameron, as 'a Surveyor of the New Lands [in Bengal]'. He carried out various river surveys until Clive, in 1865, gave Rennell new instructions, to start a general survey of Bengal, which he began by cross-country traverses westward through Bengal by quadrant and chain. In Clive's last month in Bengal (January 1767) Rennell was appointed surveyor-general. For health reasons Rennell returned to England in 1777. Whilst in England in 1778 Rennell proposed a new set of maps of Bengal to replace the inadequate small-scale maps published by the East India Company from his earlier surveys. The present work was published two years prior to his renowned Bengal Atlas. Pickett, 1127. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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