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SIMPSON, William. [A scarce 19th century view of Mumbai]
Street in Bombay, London: Day & Son, 1867. Chromolithograph. Trimmed into image and laid on board, as issued. Image 490 x 340mm. Board toned.
A rare chromolithograph, plate 4 of William Simpson's 'India Ancient and Modern - A Series of Illustrations of the Country and People of India and Adjacent Territories'. It shows a bustling street, lined with buildings with the distinctive red-and-green carvings on the pillars. Locals stand in the streets, as a carriage carrying a European with top hat and walrus moustache is driven past. By the steps stands a Parsi priest, reading a book. Simpson (1823-99), a Scottish born artist and war correspondent best known for his coverage of the Crimean War. His success there led to a commission from the publishers Day & Son visit India in the wake of the 1857 Mutiny, to be published using chromolithography (colour printing using multiple lithographic stones). Of the 250 watercolours Simpson provided only fifty images were published, as Day & Son went bankrupt that year, making these prints very scarce.
[Ref: 18877]    £1,400.00 ($1,771 • €1,557 rates)

LETTS, SON & CO. [A detailed plan of Calcutta as the capital of British India]
Plan of the City of Calcutta. London, 1883. Original colour. Printed area 300 x 430mm.
A detailed map of Calcutta with a series of quarter-mile rings showing the distances from the General Post Office. Despite a 59-point key of public buildings the surveyors saw no need to mark a single Hindu temple or mosque.
[Ref: 18458]    £125.00 ($158 • €139 rates)

 Sri Lanka 

MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio. [16th century map of Taprobana]
Tabula Asiae XII. Venice: Heirs of Simon Galignani, 1596, First edition. 135 x 180mm. A very fine example
A map of 'Taprobana', a semi-mythical representation of Sri Lanka, engraved by Girolamo Porro for Magini's pocket edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia'. The Romans knew of Sri Lanka as the source of the cinnamon they used to burn as incense, but only through the Arab traders that brought the spice to markets of Egypt. The legend of a large island on the Equatior with a powerful king built up but, by Magini's time, Sri Lanka was discounted as Taprobana and Sumatra became the main candidate (championed by Mercator), as described in the text box underneath the elephant to the left of the map. From the first edition, with text in Latin.
[Ref: 18783]    £250.00 ($316 • €278 rates)

 Near East 

GASTALDI, Giacomo. [Scarce map illustrating the Turco-Persian War of 1578-90]
Descrittione della Prima Parte dell' Asia Con I nome Moderni o Barbari. Venice: Andrea Muschio & Barezzo Barezzi, 1588. Sheet 210 x 260mm. Trimmed within plate as issued (folded in the book)
A reduction of Gastaldi's important map of the Middle East, engraved to illustrate Giovanni Tommaso Minadoi's 'Historia della guerra fra Turchi, et Persiani', an eye-witness account of the war between the Ottoman and Safavid empires. Minadoi (1549-1615) travelled to Aleppo as the personal physician of Teodoro Balbi, the new Venetian Consul in Syria.
[Ref: 18817]    £1,150.00 ($1,455 • €1,279 rates)


SANSON, Nicolas. [Sanson's small format map of Arabia]
L'Arabie Petree, Deserte, et Heureuse. Paris, 1702. Coloured. 195 x 265mm.
A detailed map of the Middle East focused on the Arabian Peninsula. Oman and Mecca are shown. Engraved by De Winter
[Ref: 17210]    £320.00 ($405 • €356 rates)

EHRENBERG, L.G. and RÜPPELL, E. [A rare map of Arabia after Niebuhr]
Arabia und das Nil-Land. Den Manen Karsten Niebuhr's und den hochverdienten forschern. Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1835. Original outline colour. Dissected and laid on linen, 600 x 835mm. Linen replaced.
Detailed map of the Arabian peninsula and the Nile region, based on the work of Niebuhr but updated with new information from Ehrenberg & Rüppell's zoological expeditions around the Red Sea and Ethiopia. Trompe l'oeil inset plans include Jeddah, Mecca and Medina, and a trompe-l'oeil of the caravan route from Jeddah to 'Mekka' and on to Taife. On the map Bahrain, the Qatar peninsula and Riyadh are marked.
[Ref: 18943]    £6,500.00 ($8,223 • €7,228 rates)

LIZARS, Daniel. [A Scottish map of Arabia]
Arabia with the Adjacent Countries of Egypt & Nubia. Edinburgh, c.1831. Original colour refreshed. 400 x 500mm.
An uncommon map of Arabia and parts of Egypt and Iran, showing topography, settlements, caravan routes and oases, published in 'The Edinburgh geographical and historical atlas'. Despite the date there is no suggestion of the Qatar peninsula.
[Ref: 18832]    £400.00 ($506 • €445 rates)

 The Holy Land 

MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio. [16th century map of the Holy Land]
Palestina, vel Terra Sancta. Venice: Heirs of Simon Galignani, 1596, First edition. 135 x 180mm.
A map of the Holy Land and Egypt, engraved by Girolamo Porro for Magini's pocket edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia'. From the first edition, with text in Latin. Not listed in Laor.
[Ref: 18784]    £200.00 ($253 • €222 rates)

FER, Nicolas de. [Eartly 18th century map of the Holy Land]
La Terre Sainte Tirée des Memoires de M. de la Ruë. Paris, 1705. 240 x 310mm, with another sheet with an engraved-text 'Description'. A very fine example.
A map of the Holy Land, orientated with north to the left, with an inset map of the 40 years in the desert. LAOR: 271
[Ref: 18839]    £220.00 ($278 • €245 rates)


MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Woodblock map of Turkey]
[Asia minor - Turkey] Basle, c.1618. Coloured woodcut. Map area 135 x 180mm set in text.
A small format map of Turkey set in German letterpress text.
[Ref: 15459]    £125.00 ($158 • €139 rates)

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