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  ASIA 
 India 

PTOLEMY, Claudius. [Early map of Pakistan]
[Nona Asie] Tabula. Ulm, Johan Reger, 1482-86. Original hand colour with blue finishing on the sea area and rivers. Woodcut, 410 x 550mm. Lower margin trimmed into border by 3 mm.
Rare antique map of Pakistan and Afghanistan, from an early German edition of Ptolemy, with metal-type lettering within a coloured trapezoid border, with a Latin-text on verso with a coloured capital. The Arabian peninsula from an early German edition of Ptolemy, within a trapezoid border with metal type for the lettering. The title is on the verso with a Latin-text description, with a coloured capital. The map was originally published 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 of this version in 1486.
[Ref: 12238]    £2,800.00 ($3,592 • €3,144 rates)


HONTER, Johannes. [16th century woodblock map of India]
Cambaye Orissa Delli Decan. Basle: Henri Petri, c.1561. Woodcut, printed area 120 x 155, set in text.
Published in Honter's 'Cosmographiæ rudimentis', the map is surrounded by a Latin text description.
[Ref: 7977]    £300.00 ($385 • €337 rates)


BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early townplans of Calechut, Cannanore, Elmina and Hormuz]
Calechut Celeberrimum Indiæ Emporium; Ormus; Canonor; S.Georgii Oppidum Mina nuncupatum... Cologne, 1572-, Latin text edition. Coloured. 335 x 475mm.
Four views on one plate, showing some of the few non-European townplans published in Braun & Hogenberg's 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first atlas of printed townplans. Calicut and Cannanore are on the south-west coast of India; 'St. George Oppidum Mina' is Elmina, the famous slave fort on the Gold Coast of Ghana; and Hormuz guards the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
[Ref: 16864]    £600.00 ($770 • €674 rates)


VARTHEMA, Ludovico di. [Map of Northern India from Varthema's Travels]
Cambaia. Leipzig: Heironymus Megister, 1610. 75 x 115mm.
Map of Northern India, engraved by Heinrich Gross jnr. for a German edition of the travels of Ludovico di Varthema (or Barthema, c. 1470-1517), the first non-Muslim European to enter Mecca as a pilgrim. Born in Bologna, he travelled to Egypt and Syria in 1503, where he learned enough to enlist as a Mamluk in Damascus. Under this cover he made the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina as one of the Mamluk escort of the Hajj caravan the same year. His account has satisfied later scholars, including Richard Burton, as authentic. From Arabia he travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo & the Moluccas. In 1506, wishing to return home, he joined the Portuguese garrison at Kannur in India, with whom he stayed untill he could join a ship returning to Europe in late 1507. His account then describes the east coast of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, St Helena, Ascension and the Azores before landing at Lisbon. He returned to Italy, publishing this account for the first time in 1510. Not in Tibbetts.
[Ref: 13207]    £320.00 ($411 • €359 rates)


VARTHEMA, Ludovico di. [View of Calicut from Varthema's Travels]
Calicut. Leipzig: Heironymus Megister, 1610. 75 x 115mm.
Map of Calicut in Southern India, engraved by Heinrich Gross jnr. for a German edition of the travels of Ludovico di Varthema (or Barthema, c. 1470-1517), the first non-Muslim European to enter Mecca as a pilgrim. Born in Bologna, he travelled to Egypt and Syria in 1503, where he learned enough to enlist as a Mamluk in Damascus. Under this cover he made the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina as one of the Mamluk escort of the Hajj caravan the same year. His account has satisfied later scholars, including Richard Burton, as authentic. From Arabia he travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo & the Moluccas. In 1506, wishing to return home, he joined the Portuguese garrison at Kannur in India, with whom he stayed untill he could join a ship returning to Europe in late 1507. His account then describes the east coast of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, St Helena, Ascension and the Azores before landing at Lisbon. He returned to Italy, publishing this account for the first time in 1510. Not in Tibbetts.
[Ref: 13208]    £300.00 ($385 • €337 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [17th century map of the Mogol Empire in northern India]
Magni Mogolis Imperium. Amsterdam: c.1640, Latin text. Original colour. 370 x 500mm.
A detailed map of the Mogul Empire, showing northern India, parts of Afghanistan and Bengal. It is based on information supplied by Sir Thomas Roe (c.1581-1644), ambassador to the emperor Jahangir between 1615-8. At a time that roads were not usually shown on maps, this marks his route to the court as a line of villages from Surat via Agra, Delhi and Lahore, through the Khyber Pass to Jalalabad and Kabul in Afghanistan. His route was a southern spur of the Silk Road, making this one of the few contemporary maps to include such information.
[Ref: 18848]    £480.00 ($616 • €539 rates)


SANSON, Nicolas. [17th century map of India]
L'Inde deca et dela le Gange, ou est L'Empire du Grand Mogol Et Pays Circonvoisins Tiree de Purchas... Paris. 1654. Coloured. 355 x 560mm.
A detailed map of the Mogul Empire, based on information supplied by Sir Thomas Roe (c.1581-1644), ambassador to the emperor Jahangir 1615-18. At a time that roads were not usually shown on maps, this marks his route to the court as a line of villages from Surat to Kabul in Afghanistan. His route was a southern spur of the Silk Road, making this one of the few contemporary maps to include such information.
[Ref: 17086]    £550.00 ($706 • €618 rates)


AA, Pieter van der. [A scarce townplan of Goa in India]
Goa Indiæ Orientalis Metropolis. Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, c.1719. Coloured. 330 x 460mm.
A detailed town plan of Goa showing the protective harbour and surrounding hills, with a key identifying areas and buildings of interest. It is derived from the map published in Jansson's 'Townbooks', which was itself a reduction of the plan from Linschoten's 'Itinerario'.
[Ref: 18703]    £650.00 ($834 • €730 rates)


FRESCHOT, Casimir Don. [An extremely rare miniature map of India]
(39) Costa d Malabar in Asia: Goa et alcune piaze sono à Portogesi, il resto uiue sotto i suoi Principi. Venice: Giovanni Pare', c. 1680. Sheet 52 x 53mm. Trimmed from a large broadsheet.
Don Casimir Freschot, a Benedictine Priest and author of about 50 books on history and Venice, composed a 'goose game', 'Geografia ridotta a giuoco per istruttione della giovane nobiltà veneziana', to facilitate "the teaching of geography to the young Venetian nobility", of which this map was a section. Engraved by Anton Francesco Lucini, this was probably the earliest geographical game to be published. The 'board' comprised 153 squares containing small maps, arranged in a spiral, with a plan of Venice at the centre. Above the game were four larger maps of the continents, the rules, including the prizes and forfeits for landing on squares, and a dedication. There is only one known complete example, in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice. Even incomplete examples are extremely rare. "Charta Geographica" magazine, vol.1, page 76; plus insert with facsimile broadsheet.
[Ref: 11113]    £400.00 ($513 • €449 rates)


DU VAL, Pierre. [India]
Presqu'isle de L'Inde de ca le Gange. Paris, 1682. Original outline colour. 100 x 125mm.
A miniature map of Southern India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives from the 'Géographie Universelle'.
[Ref: 10809]    £200.00 ($257 • €225 rates)


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