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HERBERT, W. - [Part of the Island of Sumatra] Chart XIX.

HERBERT, W. - [Part of the Island of Sumatra] Chart XIX.
[Part of the Island of Sumatra] Chart XIX. - HERBERT, W.
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Title : [Part of the Island of Sumatra] Chart XIX..
Map maker : HERBERT, W..
Date : London, 1767.
Size : 19.4 x 29.1 inches. / 49.3 x 74.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Uncommon English chart of southeastern part of Sumatra, islands of Banca and Billiton. To the left part of Java, with Jakarta (Batavia) and Strait Sunda.
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.

The English East India Company established a pepper-trading center and garrison at Bengkulu (Bencoolen) in 1685. In 1714 the British built Fort Marlborough in the city, which still stands. The trading post was never financially profitable for the British, hampered by a location which Europeans found unpleasant, and by an inability to find sufficient pepper to buy.

Condition : Good impression, printed on heavy paper. Some light age-toning.

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