Auction 125, Lot 777

"Magni Mogolis Imperium", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Northern India

Period: 1638 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.4 inches
49.5 x 36.6 cm

This map depicts the Empire of the Great Mogul in northern India including the region from Iran to Burma. The Indus and Ganges Rivers are the most prominent features of the map, along with the large mythical lake of Chiamay Lacus located in northern Burma. Wild beasts, including lions, tigers and elephants roam the interior, while a ship sails in the Indian Ocean. The map is further embellished with a large title cartouche flanked by two finely dressed gentlemen and a strapwork distance scale. This map was to become the standard map of the region for most of the 17th century and was copied by Blaeu, Jansson, De Wit and others. French text on verso.


Condition: B+

Lovely original color with some minor offsetting and a small verdigris crack, which is neatly repaired on verso.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/24/2008