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Auction 153, Lot 681

"Malabar", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: Southern India

Period: 1618 (published)

Publication: Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum…

Color: Hand Color

5.3 x 3.9 inches
13.5 x 9.9 cm

This charming miniature map depicts the Malabar coast and a portion of the Maldives with north oriented to the left. The map extends north past Goa to Cape Comorin, focusing on the historic port cities that served as centers of the Indian Ocean trade for centuries. Decorated with a strapwork title cartouche that incorporates a distance scale. The majority of the maps for Bertius' geographical treatise were engraved by Jodocus Hondius Jr. after Mercator. French text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 96-99; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8320:342.

Condition: A

A nice impression with attractive color, a printer's crease at bottom, and a professionally repaired chip along top edge of sheet.

Estimate: $200 - $230


Closed on 5/20/2015