Not a map per se, but an intersting print for sure. It actually comes from an atlas, I wanted to see this atlas but haven’t really found it yet.


This plate shows Emperors from India (Mogul Empire). Tamberlan (died 1405), Miracha / Miraschac (died 1451), Mohamed / Miramont (died 1451), Abuchaid / Abuzaid (died 1469).

: This original old antique print / plate originates from the fifth volume of: ‘Atlas Historique…’ (Historic Atlas…), Published by Zacharie Chatelain, Amsterdam, 1732. The atlas was published in seven volumes between 1705 and 1720, with a second edition appearing in 1732. The maps were accompanied by information pertaining to cosmography, geography, history, chronology, genealogy, topography, heraldry, and costumes of the world. The maps in the Atlas Historique were mainly based on those of the French cartographer, Guillaume De L’Isle, but were presented by the Chatelains in an encyclopaedic form.

Artists and Engravers: Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1743), his father Zacharie Chatelain (d.1723) and Zacharie Junior (1690-1754), worked as a partnership publishing the Atlas Historique, Ou Nouvelle Introduction A L’Histoire under several different Chatelain imprints, depending on the Chatelain family partnerships at the time of publication.


DE JODE, G. from 1593 – I bid on this map but didn’t get it


I realy wanted o get this map, I put a meek bid on it, but I knew I wasn’t gonna get it.

Dear Jode Map, You are beautiful You are beutiful,, its true… but I’ll never be with you…

Engraved by Lucas and Jan van Doeticum in 1566, this example from the “Speculum Orbis Terrae” published 1593.
Five years after Gastaldi’s prototype, De Jode follows the great Venetian cartographer and acknowledging him in the titular cartouche.
Including India, Malacca, and the coast along Cochin to China. The map does not depict Japan, nor Korea and names the sea “Mare de Mangi” an old variant for the Sea between Korea and Japan.
Including “Porto de Zaiton”. Zaiton was founded in 700, the port-city was given its present name in 711 from the nearby Quánshan ‘Spring Mountain’ where there was a well-known spring from quán ‘spring’.
Zaiton is generally thought to be modern Quanzhou.
The English word ‘satin’ comes from Zaiton which was a port of great importance during the Song and Yuan dynasties (960–1368).


Malham India map from 1804 -


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.


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.


Cambaye Orissa Delli Decan.- 16th century


I’d love to read and decipher the latin text description here. Interesting how one of the important cities from that time is Cambaye! I think the glory of Cambey, khambhat is under appreciated.

Title: [16th Century woodblock map of India] Cambaye Orissa Delli Decan.
Author: HONTER, Johannes.
Description: Published in Honter’s ‘Cosmographiæ rudimentis’, the map is surrounded by a Latin text description.
Dimensions: Woodcut, printed area 120 x 155, set in text.
Technique: Woodcut,


South India : bellin 1752


Southern India
Bellin, Nicolaus

Fortsetzung der Karte von Indostan II. Blatt, welche die Halb-Insel in sich begreift. Zur allgemeinen Geschichte der Reisen.

Leipzig, Merkur 1758 [22 x 24,5 cm]
Copper engraving, uncolored as published. Decorative map of Southern India with the neighboring Sri Lanka (Ceylon). With many engraved place names, rivers and mountains. Below the title a small mileage scale. Detailled and interesting map engraved by Bellin after earlier voyages.

I think I have this map, but certainly not with this cartouche. I would have remembered it.

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