Auction 127, Lot 731

"Plan de la Ville de Siam Capital du Royaume de ce nom par un Ingenieur Francois en 1687", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Thailand

Period: 1750 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
10.5 x 7.5 inches
26.7 x 19.1 cm

An infrequently seen, handsome plan showing the walled city of Ayutthaya along the Chao Phraya River (Menan). A table above locates twenty-two important buildings, hotels, palaces, the college, etc. The map shows the city during the reign of King Narai when the Kingdom of Siam encouraged trade with several European nations, most prominently the French and Dutch. The map is embellished with a compass rose.

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Condition: B+

There is some light, unobtrusive offsetting. Issued folding, now flattened. The binding trim at upper left leaves 1/8" margin.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/25/2009

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