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Records: 1 to 5 of 5
  ASIA 
 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 ($530 • €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 ($312 • €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 ($187 • €166 rates)


DE L'ISLE, Guillaume. [Early 18th century map of Sri Lanka]
Carte de l'Isle de Ceylan Par le Sr. De L'Isle Premier Geographe du Roy, de l'Academie Royale des Sciences 1722. Paris, 1722. Coloured. 650 x 370mm.
A French map of Sri Lanka, engrabed by Berey, with rococo cartouches for the title and scale.
[Ref: 19606]    £700.00 ($872 • €776 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. Red in-stamped numeral in top margin.
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 ($748 • €665 rates)


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