Auction 151, Lot 665

"Ins. Ceilan quae Incolis Tenarisin Dicitur", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1623 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 13.5 inches
49.5 x 34.3 cm

This exquisite, early map of Sri Lanka is shown with an unusual five-sided shape. North is oriented to the left by an elaborate compass rose. The map was beautifully engraved by Petrus Plancius with pictorial detail of mountains, roads, forests, villages, kingdoms, mines, stupas and spice plantations. It is embellished with three strapwork cartouches and further adorned with a finely rendered sailing ship and animals roaming the interior (including a large elephant with his manhout). Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8380:1A.1.

Condition: A

An attractive example with a professionally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1" into map at bottom.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $325

Closed on 11/19/2014