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Auction 115, Lot 705

"Map of the Island of Ceylon, Reduced from a Drawing in the possession of the Right Honorable the Commissioners for the Affairs of India", Arrowsmith, Aaron, Sr.

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1803 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

14.2 x 21 inches
36.1 x 53.3 cm

Large-scale map of Ceylon showing political divisions, roads and cities of the day. Arrowsmith was a notable English cartographer in the late 18th century and established a reputation for recording the latest discoveries in all parts of the world. A rarely seen issue in original outline color.


Condition: B

Issued folding, now backed with archival tissue and pressed. Binding trim at bottom affecting the first part of publisher's credit line. Foxed and one area of roughness at fold intersection.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $90

Closed on 6/21/2006