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Narsinga et Ceylon – map of Shrilanaka from 1609

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This is a miniature map, and I find it kind of hard to get excited about a miniature maps. But it is an interesting map for sure. It shows way too many islands on the coast line. I’ll keep an eye out for this one.

Amsterdam, c.1609. 90 x 125.
Uncoloured; A fine miniature map of Southern India and Ceylon, possibly engraved by Petrus Kaerius and probably published in the ‘Map Treasury’. Latin text on verso.

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Indiam extra Gangem 1695

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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

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Willem Blaeu. “India quae Orientalis dicitur, et Insulae Adiacentes.” Amsterdam: W. & J. Blaeu, 1640-43

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Willem Blaeu. “India quae Orientalis dicitur, et Insulae Adiacentes.” Amsterdam: W. & J. Blaeu, 1640-43. 16 x 19 3/4. Engraving. Lovely, original hand color. Very good condition. Latin text on verso.

A striking map of India from a series of wonderfully decorative maps by Willem (Guilielmus) Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), the progenitor of the famous Blaeu cartographic firm of Amsterdam. Blaeu studied astronomy and sciences with Tycho Brahe, and in 1599 established a globe and instrument making business which soon expanded to include cartographic and geographic publishing. This firm was to go on to become the largest and most important cartographic publishing firms in the world, run by his sons Cornelis (until his death in 1642) and Joan. The maps issued by the Blaeu firm are known for their fine craftsmanship and design, and have been called “the highest expression of Dutch cartographical art.” This map, with its excellent original color and clear and precise detail is a premier example of the Blaeu output.

I do have a Bleau map, but not this one. This looks pretty interesting

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Dutch map of South East Asia 1635

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I can’t believe I don’t have this map. I think I bid on it at one of the map auctions, but didn’t win.

It is a gorgeous and important map.

An important Dutch map of South East Asia, noteworthy for being the first map to include, albeit incompletely, the discoveries made by the Dutch vessel Duyfken in 1605-06 in the Gulf of Carpentaria, an expedition which made the first recorded European contacts with Australia. The Australian discoveries of the voyage are not recorded here, only the survey along the coast of New Guinea. The map includes South East Asia in general with all of Malaysia, the East Indies, the Philippines, Indonesia, Indochina and southern China with the Pearl River Delta, Taiwan, and part of Japan. Richly embellished with 3 cartouches, coats of arms, 2 compass roses, a sea monster and 6 sailing vessels.

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Sanson Antique Indian map from 1690

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I have this map in pristine condition, but it is uncolored. I have mixed feelings about the coloring of the map. If it was done contemporaneously, thats fine, but the later coloring detracts from the map.

SANSON D’ABBEVILLE, NICOLAS. PRESQU ISLE DE L’INDE. DECA LA GANGE OU SONT LES ROYAUMES, DE DECAN, DE GOLCONDE DE BISNAGAR, ET LE MALABAR. PARIS. c1690-1700. FULL HAND COLOR. COPPER ENGRAVING. Inset shows an enlargement of the Malabar Kingdom. Margins trimmed. Skilled modern color. Encapsulated. 7.5″H. x 9.6″W

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Magni Mogolis Imperium Mogul Empire – 1639

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This image does disservice to this map. It is a gorgeous map and it is one of my most favorite maps for sure. I had it at my office for a while but then I brought it home. The color has held up and it looks as fresh now as it looked when it was issued.

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This beautifully hand coloured original antique map of the Moghal Empire of Northern India, Tibet, Nepal and central Asia by Henricus Hondius was published in the 1639 French edition of Mercator’s Atlas.

1618 map by William Baffin, based on the information collected by Sir Thomas Roe, the British ambassador to the Moghal Emperor Jahangir in 1615, was the basis for this map originally published by Willem Blaeu and re-issued shortly afterwards by Henricus Hondius & Jan Jansson.

Unfortunetely I don’t have this part.

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The map comes from an atlas and when they break up the atlas, the image part is quickly distributed but the text part get left behind. I would have loved to have gotten this piece with it. I ll keep an eye out for it.

Jodocus Hondius, one of the most notable engravers of his time, is known for his work in association with many of the cartographers and publishers prominent at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth century. A native of Flanders, he grew up in Ghent, apprenticed as an instrument and globe maker and map engraver. In 1584, to escape the religious troubles sweeping the Low Countries at that time, he fled to London where he spent some years before finally settling in Amsterdam about 1593. In the London period he came into contact with the leading scientists and geographers of the day and engraved maps in The Mariner’s Mirrour, the English edition of Waghenaer’s Sea Atlas.

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