Map size in jpg-format: 13.9509MiB
Click to open in high resolution (open in new tab).
The First Views Taken by Europeans in the Himalayas.
Fine hand-colored aquatint view engraved by Robert Havell & Son, after artwork by J. B. Fraser.
James Baillie Fraser
James Baillie Fraser (June 11, 1783 - January 1856) was a Scottish explorer, artist, and travel writer who wrote extensively about India, the Himalayas, Persia, and Central Asia.
Fraser traveled to India with the intention of setting up a trading operation and thereby extricating his family from debt incurred by a failed sugar operation in the West Indies. In 1815, Fraser went to meet his brother William (then an employee of the East India Company) in Dehli. William had been appointed to work as a political agent in the Anglo-Nepalese War. James met him in the hilly region northeast of Delhi and began to sketch the scenery of the Himalayas. He later traveled the region, seeking the source of the rivers Yamuna and Ganga. The sketches taken on this expedition were printed as Views in the Himala Mountains in 1820.
On 18 June 1815 Fraser and his brother William reached Urshalun, near to where the Nepalese General Kirti Rana had surrendered. Three days later James celebrated his 32nd birthday by climbing the peak, Tiba, behind the village.
Fraser's works include:
If you are a student, write to us in telegram: @antiquemaps and indicate what material you need and for what work you need a map in high detail. We are ready to provide material on special terms. For students only!