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SDUK Ceylon : 1830 Steel engraved

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Indian I and Ceylon – Published under the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

London, Baldwin & Cradock, September 1831 [26,3 x 34 cm]
Steel engraving, hand colored in outline when published. This highly decorative map shows India and Ceylon with the Gulf of Manaar.

I have at least two of this series; one is a set of 8 maps and other one is about 5.

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Visapur antique map from 1719

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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.

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Malham India map from 1804 -

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I was offered this map, but passed on it. The only reason it was probably interesting is that it is from Boston. I would prefer to get the 1795 edition that was pritned in London.

I have another Indian map from Boston, so this is not critical

Colored. Very attractive small chart from Malham’s original London edition of 1795 shows the coasts of southern India and Ceylon from the Gulfs of Kutch and Cambay to Bombay and Cape Comorin on the west coast, and from Bengal and the mouths of the Ganges south to the Coromandel coast, Madura and the Gulf of Manar on the east coast. A decorative & colorful compass rose with fleur de lys & radiating rhumb lines appears in the Bay of Bengal & another in the Indian Ocean. A finely engraved and decorative chart.

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Linschoten map of India from 1596

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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.

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Mallet miniature map 1719

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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

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Tallis map of India 1851 – overland routes to India

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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.

TALLIS, John.
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.

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