Auction 153, Lot 679

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

Subject: Northern India

Period: 1663 (circa)

Publication: Relations de Divers Voyages Curieux

Color: Hand Color

14.1 x 10.8 inches
35.8 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-lined 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. Engraved by J. de Bis.

References: Moorland & Bannister p. 131; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.THEV-1a #2.

Condition: B+

A fine impression and attractive color on watermarked paper with a few small spots and some tiny holes in the image. A tear in the bottom blank margin and a large chip in the right blank margin have been repaired with archival materials.

Estimate: $350 - $425


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