Visapur antique map from 1719


A beutiful print. Click on it to see it in full glory.

I tried to find the contemporary view of this location but didn’t have any luck.

Title: [Rare Old Antique print of India] Visapour, capitale du royaume de Decan une des plus grandes Villes de l’ Asie.
Author: Aa, P. van der.
PlaceAndYear: Leiden, 1719.
Publisher: Aa, P. van der. Rare Old Antique Map of India
Description: Pieter van der Aa was a prolific publisher. He published a.o. ‘ Naauwkeurge versameling der gedenkwaardigste zee- en land-reysen’, a series of accounts of voyages (1706-08) and ‘ Gal?rie agr?able du monde’, completed in 1729.A view of the ancient city of Visapour, southeast of Bombay. In the foreground a delegation of Dutch officials.


Kalara Map Collection – Antique Indian Maps

Kalara Collection. There is a nice ring to that.

This was an article in India Journal and Mr. Nair captured most of it very well.


Kalara Map Collection

Antique Indian Maps from 1550 onwards – Kalara Collection

kalara map collection

Antique Indian Maps = map of Delhi 1857


The map of Delhi from 1857 is indeed one of my fav map of all times. I have written about it before and one of these days I will post it in great detail.

I was born there, I have walked around in those narrow streets, I can still taste the delicious food from the little corner places in this town.

And that’s what a map should be, a depiction of place that almost transports you there.

India Journal Article can be found here.


SDUK 1877 – large map of India in 13 map set

sduk_large map

Engraved by J & C Walker, for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. The index map of the whole of India and Ceylon, shows the extent of the 12 sheets and the areas covered.

I have this at least two or three of these sets that I can remember. One is a ten map set and another one is the one shown above 13 map set.

Not my fav maps for sure. It was more like a collections of names rather than maps. I generally bought them because they would have names of some of the citites that I know.

An individual map might look like this:


A lot of detail, but no soul!

SDUK did print maps of the city plans and those are intersting. I do have one of Calcutta published by SDUK.

The more interesting part is the publisher – The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, founded in 1826, was a Whiggish London organisation that published inexpensive texts intended to adapt scientific and similarly high-minded material for the rapidly expanding reading public. It was established mainly at the instigation of Lord Brougham with the objects of publishing information to people who were unable to obtain formal teaching, or who preferred self-education. The Society was sometimes mentioned in contemporary sources as SDUK.


Indiam extra Gangem 1695


You’d probably laugh at me if I tell you that I have a silver cake server with this map on it! I have no idea how that happened, or how I actually paid real money for it, but there it is.

This is a later map form 1695 based on a map published in 1578, which in turn was based on a map from second of third century.

The reason I liked this map is that it combines old and new; the map is old, but the cartouche on the sides and details look new. By new I mean contemporary based on late seventeen century designs.


Beautiful fresh map of India, the Ganges, and part of Asia by Gerard Mercator, from his rendition of Ptolemy’s Geography. Originally published in 1578, this is is a later (ca 1695) edition from Francois Halma of Utrecht. In extraordinarily good condition — The stipled sea is is adorned with a decorative cartouche, compass rose and several sailing ships. On land are Bactrian camels, nomads, and well-engraved elephants.A single centerfold, as made for inclusion in the atlas folio. Hand-laid paper with chain lines; blank verso. Measurements are of the image; page size is much larger.

Title : Tab.XI Asiae comprehendens Indiam extra Gangem
Author : Mercator, Gerardus
Year : 1695

Edition : 2.00
Size : 32.5x34cm


Beautiful map of Surat. Gujarat and Tappi river from 1781




I have the map on the top, it is kind of non-descript, I know. But I know the city of Surat and sort of felt attracted to it.

The bottom map, is kind of nice. I like maps of these types, where it seems that they captured each tree on the property. It is not accurate description of vegetation on the land, but it not completely random either.

Click on the bottom map to see it in its full glory.

‘Grondtekening van eenen Tuin te Suratte/ Ligging der Suratte aan den vloed Tappi’

Description: Antique map (later hand coloring) of Surat, situated at the river of Tappi in India from Carsten Niebuhr’s Voyage en Arabie & en d’ autres Pays circonvoisins …’, 1781. The right part shows a garden near Surat. Size: The overall size is 14 x 10,5 inch. The image size is 11,5 x 8 inch. Technic: copper engraving. Condition: Very Good; small wrinkle.


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