Mercator Map 1595 – srilanka connected to main land


I love this map, mainly because it shows modern day SriLanka but it is connected to the mainland of India. In most of the other maps of this era, Sri Lanka was generally depicted as a HUGE island.

The color on this is kind of strong and vivid and I think it is original color.

striking old color example of Mercator’s Ptolemaic map of ancient Southeast Asia, first issued in the 1595 edition of Mercator’s Geographia, based upon the works of Claudius Ptolemy.

While perhaps most famous for his maps of the modern World and the first to use the name “Atlas” to describe a book of maps, one of Mercator’s life works was a corrected and improved edition of maps based upon the work of Claudius Ptolemy.

The map shows the entire region of southeast Asia with the Ganges River in the west, the “Sinae” (China) in the east, and southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, and China Sea.



Tabula Asiae IX : Basel map from 1545


North India and Pakistan

Title: Tabula Asiae IX

Artist: Muenster, Sebastian

Published: Basel

Date: 1545/52

Size: [25,2 x 34 cm]

Technic: Woodcut, uncolored.

Description: Woodcut map from “Geographiae Libri VIII …” published in Basel at Heinrich Petri.

Notes: A very good impression, in excellent condition.

Condition: Excellent




DE JODE, G. from 1593 – I bid on this map but didn’t get it


I realy wanted o get this map, I put a meek bid on it, but I knew I wasn’t gonna get it.

Dear Jode Map, You are beautiful You are beutiful,, its true… but I’ll never be with you…

Engraved by Lucas and Jan van Doeticum in 1566, this example from the “Speculum Orbis Terrae” published 1593.
Five years after Gastaldi’s prototype, De Jode follows the great Venetian cartographer and acknowledging him in the titular cartouche.
Including India, Malacca, and the coast along Cochin to China. The map does not depict Japan, nor Korea and names the sea “Mare de Mangi” an old variant for the Sea between Korea and Japan.
Including “Porto de Zaiton”. Zaiton was founded in 700, the port-city was given its present name in 711 from the nearby Quánshan ‘Spring Mountain’ where there was a well-known spring from quán ‘spring’.
Zaiton is generally thought to be modern Quanzhou.
The English word ‘satin’ comes from Zaiton which was a port of great importance during the Song and Yuan dynasties (960–1368).



Linschoten map of India from 1596


This is a significant map. Mainly because it was leaps and bounds ahead of the other maps of India from that time-frame. There is incredible detail, names of the city are mostly correct, their placement is right and the soundings are pretty accurate as well.

Another reason why this map of special interest to me is because Linschoten acquired all of his information while serving as the secretary to Portuguese archbishop in Goa from 1583-1589.

Of particular value were the sailing guides he obtained that not only provided the best sailing routes to the East Indies and its lucrative spice trade but also showed the way from port to port once there.

Upon his return to the Netherlands, Linschoten published these documents with accompanying maps and his own descriptions of the area in his monumental Itinerario. Few books have had greater influence on historical events.

Linschoten’s maps are styled after Portuguese portolan charts of the 16th Century, upon which the map is based. Even in printed form, these maps retain the lush decorative flourishes of their sources.

I remember bidding on this map a while ago. But it was the darn euro-dollar conversion that made my bid kind of low. Expectation was that Euro would be about one US $, but at that time it was 1.6 or higher.

Any way, I have this map in my peripharal vision. I would have preferred it it was map of just India and not all of middle east, but because of the significance of this map, I’d like to get it.

Jan Huygen Van Linschoten: Deliniantur in hac tabula, Orae maritimae Abexiae, freti Mecani: al. Maris Rubri: Arabiae Freti Mecani: al Maris Rubri: Arabiae, Ormi, Persiae, Supra Sindam usque . . .




Title: Deliniantur in hac tabula, Orae maritimae Abexiae, freti Mecani: al. Maris Rubri: Arabiae Freti Mecani: al Maris Rubri: Arabiae, Ormi, Persiae, Supra Sindam usque . . .

Map Maker: Jan Huygen Van Linschoten

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1596

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 20.5 x 15 inches

Condition: VG

Here is the map in its full glory. Click to embiggen.




Cambaye Orissa Delli Decan.- 16th century


I’d love to read and decipher the latin text description here. Interesting how one of the important cities from that time is Cambaye! I think the glory of Cambey, khambhat is under appreciated.

Title: [16th Century woodblock map of India] Cambaye Orissa Delli Decan.
Author: HONTER, Johannes.
Description: Published in Honter’s ‘Cosmographiæ rudimentis’, the map is surrounded by a Latin text description.
Dimensions: Woodcut, printed area 120 x 155, set in text.
Technique: Woodcut,



Map of Calicut 1572


I have uncolored and fair to poor condition of this map. There are two Indian cities depicted here, Calicut and Canonor. Really love this map.

Would I like to replace my poor copy with a better one? Absolutely not. I like it when the map shows real wear and tare from real people.

Striking group of 4 city views, illustrating a trip from Africa to the trading regions of East, from Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the most famous and influential book of town plans published in the 16th Century.

The top view shows the important 16th Century Indian trading center Calecut, near Madras, which was then an important Portugese trading post, at a time when the Portugese made a fortune from trade with the East. The shows the town rising out of a jungle of palm trees. An elephant with a mahout is watching while boats are constructed on the beach, and Asian and European vessels just offshore are shown in some detail. Beneath the view of Calecut are smaller views of Ormuz at the entrance of the Persian Gulf, Canonor in India, and the Portuguese fortress of El Mina in West Africa.

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