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DIRECCION HIDROGRAFICA DE MADRID. [An uncommon 19th century old sea chart of western India]
Costa Occidental de la India. Hoya II. Comprehende desde el Golfo de Kutch hasta Viziadrug segun los trabajos ingleses mas modernas. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1865. Touches of original colour. 980 x 635mm.
A scarce Spanish antique nautical chart of west India from Gujarat south to Mumbai (Bombay) and on to Maharashtra. Copied from English charts, the lighthouses are marked in colour.
[Ref: 12284]    £750.00 ($967 • €856 rates)

WALKER, J. & C. [A large and detailed map of India]
Map of India from The most recent Authorities. London: William Houghton Allen, 1882. Steel engraving with original colour. Dissected and laid on linen with bookseller's ads, total 970 x 890mm, folded into a contemporary Stanfords buckram slipcase with title label. Fine.
A large and colourful map of India, also including Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and northern Burma. Originally published in the 1840s this example has been updated considerably; a new key of the possessions of the European powers is placed east of Sri Lanka, but the outline of the old key still remains in the lower left corner.
[Ref: 17410]    £550.00 ($709 • €628 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 ($161 • €143 rates)

 Sri Lanka 

BORDONE, Benedetto. [Early woodblock map of Sri Lanka]
Taprobana. Venice, c.1534. Woodcut, image size 195 x 150mm, set in a page of Italian text.
The semi-mythical island of Taprobana, based on the hearsay of the Red Sea traders that supplied the Romans with cinnamon from Sri Lanka. Published in the 'Libro de Tutte le Isole del Mondo', with six editions between 1528-1562.
[Ref: 18201]    £425.00 ($548 • €485 rates)

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 ($322 • €285 rates)

MALLET, Alain Manesson. [17th century miniature map of Sri Lanka]
Isle de Ceylan. Paris, c.1683. Coloured. 155 x 110mm.
Published in the 'Description de l'Univers', with French text on the reverse.
[Ref: 18202]    £150.00 ($193 • €171 rates)

TIRION, Isaak. [18th century map of Sri Lanka]
Nuova Carta dell' Isola Ceilon fatta in Amsterdam par Isac Tirion. Venice: Giovanni Battista Albrizzi, c.1740. Coloured. 285 x 360mm.
A nap of Sri Lanka, orientated with north to the left. Albrizzi was the first publisher to issue Tirion's maps: Tirion's own atlas was issued in Amsterdam in 1744.
[Ref: 18414]    £240.00 ($309 • €274 rates)

BELLIN, Jacques-Nicolas. [18th century map of Sri Lanka]
Carte De L'Isle De Ceylan ; Kaart Van 't Eiland Ceilon. Amsterdam, c. 1750, Coloured, 270 x 240mm
A detailed map of Sri Lanka from a Dutch edition of Prévosts 'Histoire Generale des Voyages'
[Ref: 17692]    £220.00 ($284 • €251 rates)

APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean Baptiste d'. [18th century chart of Trincomalee]
Carte de la Baye et du Port de Trinquemalay dans L'Isle de Ceylan. Paris, c.1775. 510 x 690mm.
A detailed sea chart of the harbour of Trincomalee, engraved by Guillaume Dela Haye for Après de Mannevillette's 'Le Neptune Oriental'.
[Ref: 17489]    £600.00 ($773 • €685 rates)


PTOLEMY, Claudius. [Incunable map of Persia]
Quinta Asie Tabula. Ulm, Johan Reger, 1482-86. Original hand colour with blue finishing on the sea area and rivers. Woodcut, 385 x 555mm. Minor restoration near centrefold;
A very early map of Persia, with metal-type lettering within a coloured trapezoid border, with a Latin-text on verso with a coloured capital. The map was originally published in 1482 by Lienhart Holle in an edition of Ptolemy’s 'Geography' with revisions by the cartographer Nicolaus Germanus Donis. This was the first European atlas published outside Italy and the first to be illustrated with woodcut maps. Soon afterwards Holle went bankrupt, probably because of the cost of producing the atlas, and Reger acquired the rights to the 'Geography', reissuing the second and last edition in 1486.
[Ref: 9281]    £6,500.00 ($8,379 • €7,417 rates)

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