Auction 107, Lot 501

"Calechut Celeberrimum Indiae Emporium [on sheet with] Ormus [and] Canonor [and] S. Georgii Oppidum Mina", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: South Asia and Africa

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

18.7 x 13.4 inches
47.5 x 34 cm

This is one of the few maps included in the Civitates Orbis Terrarum covering cities outside of Europe; featuring cities important to European trade with Asia. The folio sheet contains four plans on the sheet. The largest top view provides a panoramic view of the important Portuguese port of Calcutta, India. At bottom the three smaller plans are Ormus, the main market of the Persian Gulf; Canonor, situated on the coast of Malabar; and St. George, a gold mine in Guinea. Each is beautifully rendered and features sailing ships, native boats, scenes of ship building, fishing, and working Asian elephants.


Condition: B

Good impression on thick paper. Large wormhole at lower centerfold affecting part of one ship, repaired.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/9/2004