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Auction 102, Lot 477

"Insula Zeilan, olim Taprobana nunc incolis Tenarisim", Valck and Schenk

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1683 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 16.2 inches
50.8 x 41.1 cm

Superb map of Ceylon based on Jansson. The map is oriented with north to the left with two compass roses and rhumb lines. The island is well delineated with mountains, forests, roads, cities, forts, and temples. The map is richly embellished with sailing ships, a sea monster and two fine cartouches. The title cartouche at top is flanked by the allegorical female representation for Asia and a native holding elephant ivory. The scale of miles cartouche at bottom is surrounded by a group of adorable putti. Originally issued by J. Colom in 1663, the plate passing to Valk and Schenk.

References: Van der Krogt (Atlantes) 8380:1B.

Condition: A

Fine original full color in map with a bit of later color added to some of the embellishments, which are mostly uncolored.

Estimate: $800 - $900


Closed on 3/5/2003