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.

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One Response to “Magni Mogolis Imperium Mogul Empire – 1639”

  1. James Leahy says:

    Mr Kalara,
    I have, I believe, an original copy of Henricus Hondius’ ‘Magni Mogolis Imperium’, together with the text in Latin; it is in very good condition. For authenticity, in the top right-hand corner of the map it has a table: ‘Milliaria Germanica Communia’? With regard to its provenance it was bought as a wedding gift for my wife’s parents in New York/New England in the late 1940′s. It is for sale, but as yet I am unsure of its value, and wonder if you could be of assistance in this matter.

    James Leahy

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