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LJS 222 - Cautley, Proby T. (Proby Thomas), Sir, 1802-1871, compiler - The Ganges Canal
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 222 - Cautley, Proby T. (Proby Thomas), Sir, 1802-1871, compiler - The Ganges Canal
Cautley, Proby T. (Proby Thomas), Sir, 1802-1871, compiler.
The Ganges Canal [manuscript].
[India], 1854.
Physical description:
3 volumes (334 leaves + 1 note, 306, 329 leaves) : paper, color illustrations ; Volumes 1-2: 325 x 200 (300 x 100-105) mm. bound to 345 x 230 mm.; Volume 3: 260-330 x 85-205, with additional foldout height up to 400 mm. and width up to 1240 mm.
Manuscript of an extensive illustrated report on the construction of the Ganges Canal, published in 1860 as Report on the Ganges Canal works from their commencement until the opening of the canal in 1854. The manuscript includes corrections and notes to the printer, some in Proby Cautley's hand, which were incorporated into the printed edition. The report describes the planning, surveying, financial record keeping, engineering, and construction of the canal, which was intended for both navigation and irrigation. The third volume is a collection of appendices including manuscript records, printed documents marked up for re-publication, and foldout tables (f. 99, 325) and documents (f. 157, 286-287, 290, 293, 296, 299-300, 305). One of the manuscript appendices is a list of the books in the Ganges Canal Professional Library in 1854.
Ms. codex.
Title from spine titles.
Pagination: Volume 1: Paper, i + 334 leaves ; [i-ii, 1], 2-141, [i-iii, 142-195, i-ii, 196-211, i-iv, 212-235, i-iv, 236-531, i-xii, 532-641], contemporary pagination in ink (1-141), upper outer corners, and sporadic later pagination in pencil (142-641), upper outer corners and inner margins; catchwords lower right corners. Volume 2: Paper, i + 306 + i leaves; [642-665, i-ii, 666-879, 890-1123, i-ii, 1124-1137, i-ii, 1138-1279, i-ii, 1280-1339, 1339-1358, i-ii, 1359-1452], sporadic later pagination in pencil, upper outer corners and inner margins; catchwords lower right corners. Volume 3: Paper, i + 329 + i leaves; unfoliated.
Layout: Volumes 1-2 written in 41-45 lines, in the outer half of each page, with the inner half of the page used for occasional notes and corrections; Volume 3 in multiple formats, including large ledger pages bound in with their lines parallel to the spine.
Script: Written in cursive script; text of Volumes 1-2 written by a single hand, probably a secretary, with marginal notes and corrections in ink and pencil in multiple hands, including that of Proby T. Cautley (usually in pencil); manuscript appendices in Volume 3 by multiple hands.
Decoration: 172 numbered diagrams in Volumes 1 and 2, including schematic maps, topographical cross-sections, and mechanical cross-sections, many with colored inks and washes; 162 of the diagrams are small images in the text; 10 are plates in ink or in color (Volume 1, after p. 195, 211, 235; Volume 2, after p. 665, 1123, 1137 (a foldout), 1279, 1358). Volume 3 has additional diagrams and plates, including plates dated 1853 signed by Dilla Ram or Dillam (f. 8v, 15r, 20r) and Mooshtaq Ahmud (f. 11r, 17r), and a long foldout showing the segment of the canal in Kānpur (written Cawnpoor in the manuscript, f. 285). Many leaves seem to have had the orginal diagrams cut out and replacements pasted in; and some diagrams have notes to the printer pasted near them.
Watermarks: In pale blue paper, most frequently a female figure holding a spear, seated on a wheel, enclosed in an oval cartouche with countermark Lumsden & Son/1852; years from 1850 to 1853 are found in some countermarks.
Binding: Later half morocco; gilt title and volume numbers; marbled endpapers.
Origin: Written in India in 1854 (the year Cautley left India), with later additions to 1860 (Volume 2, p. 1451).
Cite as:
LJS 222
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 222
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