1609 Mercator/Hondius - Ins. Ceilan que incolis Tenarisin dictur
SOLD: Striking 1609 Mercator & Hondius map of Ceylon
Ins. Ceilan que incolis Tenarisin dictur
Gerard Mercator & Jocodus Hondius
34.3 x 49.7 cm (13.5 x 19.6 in)
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
Vivid colors, some minor browning, foxing.
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