Auction 127, Lot 729

"Ceylan, et les Maldives", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1692 (circa)


Color: Black & White

9.5 x 7.3 inches
24.1 x 18.5 cm

Exquisite map of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with the southern tip of India shown at the top. Sri Lanka is shown in an inset named Ceylan Isle, qui est la Taprobane des Anciens, Taprobana referring to the name given to the island on earlier maps. Nicely detailed and beautifully engraved with a decorative title cartouche and an attractive compass rose.


Condition: A

Near fine example with just a hint of offsetting from the dark, early impression. Full margins. Old library stamp on verso with deaccession documentation included. Bottom corners not inked, something not often seen.

Estimate: $160 - $200


Closed on 2/25/2009