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Kalara Map Collection – Antique Indian Maps

Kalara Collection. There is a nice ring to that.

This was an article in India Journal and Mr. Nair captured most of it very well.

 

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Antique Indian Maps from 1550 onwards – Kalara Collection

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Antique Indian Maps = map of Delhi 1857

 

The map of Delhi from 1857 is indeed one of my fav map of all times. I have written about it before and one of these days I will post it in great detail.

I was born there, I have walked around in those narrow streets, I can still taste the delicious food from the little corner places in this town.

And that’s what a map should be, a depiction of place that almost transports you there.

India Journal Article can be found here.

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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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Beautiful map of Surat. Gujarat and Tappi river from 1781

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I have the map on the top, it is kind of non-descript, I know. But I know the city of Surat and sort of felt attracted to it.

The bottom map, is kind of nice. I like maps of these types, where it seems that they captured each tree on the property. It is not accurate description of vegetation on the land, but it not completely random either.

Click on the bottom map to see it in its full glory.

‘Grondtekening van eenen Tuin te Suratte/ Ligging der Suratte aan den vloed Tappi’

Description: Antique map (later hand coloring) of Surat, situated at the river of Tappi in India from Carsten Niebuhr’s Voyage en Arabie & en d’ autres Pays circonvoisins …’, 1781. The right part shows a garden near Surat. Size: The overall size is 14 x 10,5 inch. The image size is 11,5 x 8 inch. Technic: copper engraving. Condition: Very Good; small wrinkle.

 

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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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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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AA, P Van der – Antique map of Bangaldesh and Burma 1707

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This is actually a set of three maps and I do have the whole set. Uncolored and very good condition. It shows little mountain range and elephants.

‘ T Koninkrijk van Bengale En Landschappen Aande Ganges Vloed tussen Mogol En Pegu Gelegen.
Author: Aa, P. van der.
PlaceAndYear: Leiden, 1707.
Description: Pieter van der Aa was a prolific publisher. He published a.o. ‘ Naaukeurige versameling der gedenkwaardigste zee- en land-reysen’, a series of accounts of voyages (1706-08) and ‘ Gal
Dimensions: 150 x 225 mm

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Mercator Map 1595 – srilanka connected to main land

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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.

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Tabula Asiae IX : Basel map from 1545

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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

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