ARROWSMITH, Aaron (1750-1823)
To Major James Rennell, Esqr. F.R.S. &c. &c. This map is inscribed by his much obliged humble servant. London : Aaron Arrowsmith, 1 January 1801. Engraved map with outline hand colour, dissected and laid on linen, 2 parts each 1240 x 735 mm, the title ‘Asia’ with pen overwriting, the route of the “Lion” of the Macartney embassy to China marked; housed in marbled paper case (rubbed), the personal copy of General Robert Brownrigg, his manuscript label ‘ASIA . Lt. Gl. Brownrigg Q.M.Gl.’ to the front.
A fine and large scale map of Asia from Arabia to Palau, by one of the great cartographers of the period.
This is an association copy of some significance, as it belonged to British statesman and soldier General Sir Robert Brownrigg (1759-1833). Brownrigg would serve as the 3rd Governor of British Ceylon (1812-1820), during which time he was responsible for bringing the last part of Sri Lanka under British rule through the treaty known as the Kandyan Convention, an achievement for which he was created a Baronet in 1816. Brownrigg’s manuscript label indicates he must have originally acquired Arrowsmith’s map of Asia earlier in his military career, some time between 1803 and 1811, while he was serving as Quartermaster-General to the Forces.