1609 Mercator/Hondius - Ins. Ceilan que incolis Tenarisin dictur

SOLD: Striking 1609 Mercator & Hondius map of Ceylon

Title:

Ins. Ceilan que incolis Tenarisin dictur

Map maker:

Gerard Mercator & Jocodus Hondius

Place and Year:

Amsterdam, 1609

Dimensions:

34.3 x 49.7 cm (13.5 x 19.6 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Hand colored

Condition Rating:

VG+

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DETAILS

Early map of Sri Lanka with north oriented to the left by an especially elaborate compass rose, and shown with an unusual five sided shape.

The map is exquisitely engraved with pictorial detail of mountains, roads, forests, villages, kingdoms, mines, stupas and spice plantations. It is embellished with three baroque cartouches. A ship sails the seas, and animals roam the interior (including a large elephant being ridden by a man).

In 1606 J. Hondius introduced in the Mercator Atlas a separate map of Ceylon, which was prepared by Petrus Plancius, at the time the official map maker of the V.O.C.

Verso Text: French

CONDITION NOTES

Vivid colors, some minor browning, foxing.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00270

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