"Goa", Merian, Matthaus
Period: 1650 (circa)
Publication: Archontologia Cosmica
Color: Black & White
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.
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.