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The great arc : the dramatic tale of how India was mapped and Everest was Named
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The great arc : the dramatic tale of how India was mapped and Everest was Named

By Keay, John.

London: HarperCollins, 2000. A vivid description of one of the most ambitious scientific projects undertaken in the 19th century, and the men who undertook the measurement of the Himalayas and the mapping of the Indian subcontinent: William Lambton and George Everest. The graphic story of the measurement of a meridian, or longitudinal, arc extending from the tip of the Indian subcontinent to the mountains of the Himalayas. Much the longest such measurement hitherto made, it posed horrendous technical difficulties, made impossible physical demands on the survey parties (jungle, tigers, mountains etc.), and took over 50 years. But the scientific results were commensurate, including the discovery of the world's highest peaks and a new calculation of the curvature of the earth's surface. The Indian Mutiny of 1857 triggered a massive construction of roads, railways, telegraph lines and canals throughout India: all depended heavily on the accuracy of the maps which the Great Arc had made possible. 182 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., facsims., maps, ports. ; 20 cm. Includes bibliographical references in "A Note on Sources" (p. 173-175). A nice copy in like dust jacket. free of any inscriptions. [ Location: Landing Case ]. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.95

The Merrick and the neighbouring hills : tramps by hill, stream, and loch
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The Merrick and the neighbouring hills : tramps by hill, stream, and loch

By McBain, J. M. (James M.)

Ayr, Scotland: Stephen & Pollock, 1929. Second impression Sept 1929: Becoming a difficult title to find in this condition. 335 p., [38] leaves of plates : ill., front. ; 21 cm. Includes index. Very clean, square example, lighest bumps/nudges to spine ends. Binding tight and secure. Pages excellent. Free of any inscriptions. . Hard Cover. Near Fine. 8vo.

$54.76