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HERBERT, W. - The straits of Banca. . .
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The straits of Banca. . . - HERBERT, W.
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Title : The straits of Banca. . ..
Map maker : HERBERT, W..
Date : London, 1767.
Size : 22.6 x 17.5 inches. / 57.5 x 44.5 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.
Description :Uncommon English chart with the Straits of Banca in northern part of Sumatra, with inset map in top right corner.
William Herbert (1718-1795), was born 29 Nov. 1718, and was educated at Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
He spent some time in India. In 1758 he published, 'at the Golden Globe, under the Piazzas, London Bridge,' 'A new Directory for the East Indies, with general and particular charts for the navigation of those seas, where-in the French Neptune Oriental has been chiefly considered and examined, with additions, corrections, and explanatory notes,' a quarto volume, with folio charts. Herbert, who calls himself 'hydrographer,' states in the dedication to the East India Company, 'all that has been set forth in the Neptune Oriental has been carefully examined and compared with the particular remarks and journals of ships in your honour's service, as also some country ones, besides many curious charts and plans I have been favoured with, as well as many collected whilst I was in India.' A second and third edition, unaltered, were issued. William Nicholson supplied the practical sea-knowledge. A fourth edition, 'with additions,' was published by Herbert's successor in 1775, a fifth edition, 'enlarged by S. Dunn,' appeared in 1780.
Herbert sold his business and stock to Henry Gregory.
Condition : Good impression, printed on heavy paper. Some light water staining in top. Lefty hand margin cut close.
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