Auction 153, Lot 684

"Goa", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Goa, India

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica

Color: Black & White

13.8 x 10.6 inches
35.1 x 26.9 cm

This is a sharply engraved view of the city of Goa, which was the largest trading center on India's western coast and Portugal's most important possession in India. A decorative cartouche encloses a numbered key to 43 locations within the city. North is oriented to the bottom of the chart. Elephants are shown working on the waterfront, and a number of ships sail in the bay. Published in Johann Ludwig Gottfried's Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.GOTT-1a #47.

Condition: A

A fine impression on a watermarked sheet with an archivally repaired centerfold separation in bottom blank margin and some extraneous creasing at top.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/20/2015