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.




Mallet miniature map 1719


A few years ago, a friend of mine (hi Neeraj!) needed some legal work to be done. I wrote up the contracts etc for him, more as a favor and in appreciation he got a few maps for me. A couple of Belin maps and a couple of Mallet miniature maps. Sweet.

Only recently I learned of a series of other pictures and maps of India that Mallet published. And the map that I really want is that of Agra. I think I bid on it once, but didn’t get it; I am sure I was lowballing it.

These are really small maps; less than half of a letter page, so they are not that impressive or anything, but they are cute and pretty.

Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Decorative engraved map showing the Indian subcontinent with the neighbouring countries in the Indian Ocean



Tallis map of India 1851 – overland routes to India


Tallis maps from 1850′s were very interesting. It gives you a sense of place, a sense of geography and a sense of images from the place.

Like the one above, it has the map, it has the color coded overland routes to India and is adorned with little vignette of the images and those little camels and lions are just so adorable.

Overland Route to India.
London, John Tallis & Company, 1851-. 340 x 250.
Original outline colour; very light marginal age-toning and light soiling, otherwise a fine example.
Two maps on one sheet, the top one shows Europe and the bottom shows Arabia, Persia and India. Various routes are shown and one vignette shows a Camel Mail Train crossing the desert, there are also views of Madras, Bombay, Aden, Gibraltar, Malta and the Post Office, London.



Magni Mogolis Imperium Mogul Empire – 1639

Magni Mogolis Imperium

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.


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.


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.



Mallet India map from 1719


This is tiny little cute map! Pretty good condition.


Mallet, Allain Manesson

Inde – Indien

Frankfurt, 1719 [ca. 15 x 11 cm]
Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Decorative engraved map showing the Indian subcontinent with the neighbouring countries in the Indian Ocean.
In excellent condition.



Mumbai – Bombay from 1893


I have much much better map of Mumbai/Bombay from this time frame. In fact it is one of my most favorite maps in my collection. It is made from the same plate but was published by a hotel in Bombay. I’ll post it one of these days.

But this is a delightful map. A map of a city that has grown by leaps and bound is always interesting to see and this one is a prime example of it.

Here is a contemporary map of Bombay by a cartographer named Google, you might have heard of him!


I have lined up Cross Island at approximately the same place for easy comparison.

The first thing you’ll probably notice is that the water is a lot bluer in 2011 compared to 1893.. just kidding.

Things have changed a lot from 1893 to 2011, but if you compare these maps, you’ll see that things have also remained the same during that time.

I also have one of the earliest images of Bombay Stock Exchange, I think it is from 1874 or close to it.

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