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HISTORICAL RECORDS OF THE SURVEY OF INDIA. Volume 4: George Everest 1830-1843 Volume IV Colonel R. H Phillimore, 1958 1st edition Large hardcover Fine
By Phillimore, Colonel R. H.
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Plate 21 of George Everest (pronounced eave-rest)

Survey of India, Dehra Dun (U. P.) India, 493 pages, 23 illustrations/maps, 1958 1st edition Fine.  This is the 4th volume of Phillimore's work based on the historical records of the "Survey of India."  Five volumes were published between 1945 and 1968 with the last volume, Volume V, being withdrawn because of border security issues between India and China.  

Col. Phillimore's multi-volume work provides a detailed historical account of the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India including the measurement of the heights of mountains in the Himalaya and Karakoram including Mount Everest, K2 , Kangchenjunga and etc.  It is a testimony to the commitment and dedication of many people like George Everest who participated in the survey that the measurements taken at this time (in the 1800s often made under harsh conditions of terrain, climate and political unrest/war) have not changed or have changed very little since they were originally made.  The mathematicians who performed the calculations were referred to as "computers."  These surveys also resulted in the ascent of a number of high peaks in order to reach optimal positions from which measurements could be taken. This volume covers activities and surveyors from 1830 through 1843.  


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