Auction 125, Lot 779

"Ailhae Cidade de Goa Metropolitana da Indiae partes Orientais que esta en 15 Graos da Banda do Norte", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: India, Goa

Period: 1599 (circa)

Publication: Indiae Orientalis… Pars II

Color: Black & White

16.7 x 15.2 inches
42.4 x 38.6 cm

This is a very 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 and Latin text in both cartouches.

References: Garratt (TMC-9) #P5.

Condition: B+

A fine, dark impression. Issued with narrow margins and folded, now flattened. Paper is re-enforced at bottom.

Estimate: $750 - $900

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/24/2008