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  ASIA 
 India 

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 

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 ($536 • €471 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 ($316 • €277 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 ($189 • €166 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 ($303 • €266 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 ($278 • €244 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 ($757 • €665 rates)


 Persia 

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 ($8,203 • €7,202 rates)


QUAD, Matthias. [The first issue of Quad's map of Persia]
Persiæ Regnum sive Sophoru Imperium. Cologne: Johann Bussemacher, 1600, German text edition. 210 x 265mm. A fine example
Persia, engraved by Johann Bussemacher after Ortelius for Quad's 'Fasciculus Geographicus Complectens', with five lines of Latin text engraved underneath.
[Ref: 18349]    £450.00 ($568 • €499 rates)


SPEED, John. [17th Century English carte à figure map of Persia]
The Kingdome of Persia with the cheef Citties and Habites described. London: George Humble, 1627. 390 x 510mm. A fine, dark impression.
A 17th century map of Persia, published in John Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. It is decorated with four city prospects (Isfahan, Ormus, Tabriz & Gilan) along the top and with eight costume vignettes down the sides. The Caspian Sea still has not been mapped properly: it is shown wider than it is tall.
[Ref: 16810]    £1,850.00 ($2,335 • €2,050 rates)


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