Auction 154, Lot 662

"India Orientalis", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1609 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.3 x 5.7 inches
18.5 x 14.5 cm

Fine example of this reduced version of Jodocus Hondius' important map of mainland Southeast Asia. It covers the region from the Indian sub-continent through Burma and Thailand, to the Philippines and extends to the tip of the Malaysian peninsula with parts of Borneo and Sumatra. It depicts the classical view of the river systems originating in a mythical Chiamai Lacus. India is much too narrow, Ceylon is overly large, and two large lakes are depicted in China. French text on verso, published between 1609-14.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8400:351.

Condition: B+

A clean, bright example with attractive color, a faint damp stain at top right, and a chip at bottom right that has been replaced with old paper, with a small amount of neatline replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/16/2015