MAJOR, Richard Henry. Jersey 3.10.1818 — Kensington 25.6.1891. British Geographer. Son of elder R.H.M., a physician. From 1844 in charge of the the map collection in British Museum, from 1867 Keeper of the new department of printed maps and plans, retired 1880. Married 1847 Sarah Elizabeth Thorn, two daughters.
Publications: Several works about the history of exploration and cartography.
– India in the fifteenth century: being a collection of narratives of voyages to India, in the century preceding the Portuguese discovery of the Cape of Good Hope; from Latin, Persian, Russian, and Italian sources, now first translated into English. L. Hakluyt Soc. 1857.
Sources: E.J.L.S[cott], D.N.B. 35, 1893, 389; Wikipedia briefly with drawing.
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