Auction 124, Lot 638

"Goa", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: India

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication: Archontologia Cosmica

Color: Black & White

Size:
14 x 10.8 inches
35.6 x 27.4 cm

This is a sharply engraved view of the city of Goa, which was the largest trading center on India's western coast and Portugal's most important possession in India. A decorative cartouche encloses a numbered key to 43 locations within the city. North is oriented to the bottom of the chart. Elephants are shown working on the waterfront and a number of ships sail in the bay.

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Condition: B+

A nice impression on a sheet with folds as issued. There is a damp stain in the top margin that encroaches into the map just past the border.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 5/7/2008

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