Auction 132, Lot 637

"Imperii Magni Mogolis sive Indici Padschach, juxta recentissimas Navigationes accurata delineato Geographica studio et sumtibus", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Southern Asia, India

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.5 x 19.5 inches
57.2 x 49.5 cm

This is a superb map of the Mogul 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.

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Condition: B+

The map image is very nice despite a long printer's crease and a small area of foxing in lower right corner. The margins with some soiling and expert repairs along left edge in blank margin.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 6/2/2010

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