Auction 129, Lot 777

"Description de la Partie des Indes Orientales qui est sousl a Domination du Grand Mogol", Thevenot, Melchisedech

Subject: India

Period: 1663 (published)

Publication: Relations de Divers Voyages Curieux

Color: Hand Color

14 x 10.8 inches
35.6 x 27.4 cm

This unusual map of northern India shows the great Mogul Empire. The map is derived from William Baffin's map of 1619 that was based on Sir Thomas Roe's travels as ambassador to the Mogul court. The map is beautifully engraved with major cities located and the tree-line road between Lahor and Agra (Delhi) prominently depicted. The insignia of the Mogul Emperor is shown in the top right corner, consisting of two rings, one below the other. The first ring encloses a lion facing the east, which partially obscures a blazing sun. The ring below encloses the Mogul genealogy, in nine circles concluding with Jehangir.

References: Moorland & Bannister p. 131.

Condition: A

There is a repaired tear in the bottom margin and a bit of minor soil in the map.

Estimate: $375 - $475


Closed on 9/23/2009