"Imperii Magni Mogolis sive Indici Padschach, juxta recentiissimas Navigationes accurata delineato Geographica studio et sumtibus", Seutter, Matthias
Subject: Southern Asia, India
Period: 1740 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.5 x 19.5 inches
57.2 x 49.5 cm
This is a superb map of the Moghul Empire, covering from Afghanistan through the Himalayas to Myanmar and including all of India except the extreme southern part. Beautifully engraved by Albrecht Karl Seutter, Matthaeus' son, this spectacular map illustrates eighteenth century German cartography at its zenith. The Bay of Bengal is completely filled with a vignette of a European trading vessel and a smaller landing craft. The allegorical title cartouche features Neptune, Mercury, Fame and Asia displaying her wealth and the distance scale is surrounded by putti digging through a treasure chest filled with ivory, jewels, silks and precious metals.
There are some small tears in the margins with tape stains on the verso and old paper repairs on the centerfold. One tear enters the map border in the upper left corner.