Auction 125, Lot 787

"Insula Zeilan, olim Taprobana nunc Incolis Tenarisim", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 16 inches
50.8 x 40.6 cm

This superb map of Ceylon is oriented with north to the left with two compass roses and rhumb lines. The island is well delineated with mountains, forests, roads, cities, forts, and temples. It is richly embellished with sailing ships, a sea monster and two fine cartouches. The title cartouche at top is flanked by the allegorical female representation for Asia and a native holding elephant ivory. The scale of miles cartouche at bottom is surrounded by a group of adorable putti.


Condition: B+

Original color with some toning and light offsetting. The wide margins have a few short edge tears, none near map. There are two tiny holes at center, not noticeable unless held up to the light.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/24/2008