1667 Blome - A General Mapp of the East Indies Comprehending the Estats or Kingdoms of the Great Mogol...

SOLD: Rare 1667 Blome map of India and Southeast Asia with elaborate heraldic cartouche

Title:

A General Mapp of the East Indies Comprehending the Estats or Kingdoms of the Great Mogol, the Kingdoms & Estats of Decan, Golconde, Bisnagar, Malabar & in the Peninsula of India with out the Ganges. & the Kingdoms Isles Pegu, Sian, Malacca, Cochinchina...

Map maker:

Richard Blome; Geographical Description Of The Four Parts Of The World

Place and Year:

London, 1667

Dimensions:

40.4 x 33.7 cm (16 x 13.25 in) 

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Original hand color

Condition Rating:

VG

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DETAILS

A scarce map of India, Burma and Indochina, dedicated 'To the Honorable the Governer Deputy and Court of Committies of the Company of Marchants tradeing into the East Indies'. It was engraved by Francis Lamb and published in Blome's 'Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World'.

The map was published during a pivotal time in the history of the East India Company. Charles II's need for money after the Restoration led to him passing five Acts of Parliament giving the Company unprecidented powers: the rights to autonomous territorial acquisitions; to mint money; to command fortresses and troops; to form alliances and make war; and to exercise both civil and criminal jurisdiction over the acquired areas. In 1667, the year the map was published, the Company made a financial contribution to the Crown of £50,000. The same year East India House was attacked by rioting weavers protesting that imports of Indian cloth were threatening domestic industries.

CONDITION NOTES

Lower left margin repaired and extended, affecting outer neat line, old folds.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00449

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