Auction 151, Lot 666

"Insula Zeilan, olim Taprobana Nunc Incolis Tenarisim", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1657 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

20 x 16.3 inches
50.8 x 41.4 cm

Superb map of Ceylon oriented with north to the left with two compass roses and rhumb lines. The island is well delineated with mountains, forests, roads, cities, forts, and temples. The map is richly embellished with sailing ships, a sea monster and two fine cartouches. The title cartouche at top is flanked by the allegorical female representation for Asia and a native holding elephant ivory. The scale of miles cartouche at bottom is surrounded by a group of adorable putti. Blank verso, published between 1650-57.

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

Condition: B

A nice impression on paper with an elephant watermark. There are a few short tears, separations, and abrasions along the centerfold that have been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/19/2014