"Ailhae Cidade de Goa Metropolitana da Indiae partes Orientais que esta en 15 Graos da Banda do Norte", Bry, Theodore de
Period: 1599 (circa)
Publication: India Orientalis Part II Petits Voyages
Color: Black & White
16.7 x 15 inches
42.4 x 38.1 cm
Graphic bird's-eye view of Goa, the capital of the Portuguese trading empire in Asia. This is a reduced version of Doetechum's view that illustrated editions of Jan Huygen van Linschoten's Itinerario. By the late 16th century Goa was a great trading capital as evidenced on this spectacular plan, which shows a wide array of vessels along the waterfront. The dockyards are busy with various craftsmen and elephants helping to load the ships. The map is beautifully engraved with graphic depictions of the mountains and fields, a title banner, two cartouches containing text, a coat of arms and a compass rose. Second state with German & Latin text in both cartouches.
Backed with Japanese tissue with paper replaced at binding trim and along fold with some facsimile of the docks and ships just to the right of the compass rose.