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An extremely rare miniature map of India

Stock No. 11113 Category: Tags: , , , Cartographer: FRESCHOT, Casimir Don.

(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.

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An extremely rare map of India, one of 153 squares of a 'goose game', 'Geografia ridotta a giuoco per istruttione della giovane nobiltà veneziana', of which there is one known complete example, in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice.
The game was designed by Don Casimir Freschot, a Benedictine Priest and author of about 50 books on history and Venice, to facilitate 'the teaching of geography to the young Venetian nobility'. 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.

Additional information

Dimensions 53 × 52 mm
Cartographer

Date

1680

Extra Info

(39) Costa d Malabar in Asia: Goa et alcune piaze sono à Portogesi, il resto uiue sotto i suoi Principi.

Publication

Venice: Giovanni Pare', c. 1680. Sheet 52 x 53mm.

Condition

Trimmed from a large broadsheet.

References

Charta Geographica' magazine, vol.1, page 76; plus insert with facsimile broadsheet.