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Auction 156, Lot 706

"Ins. Ceilan quae Incolis Tenarisin Dicitur", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1638 (published)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 13.5 inches
49.8 x 34.3 cm
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This exquisite, early map of Sri Lanka is shown with an unusual five-sided shape. North is oriented to the left by an elaborate compass rose. The map was beautifully engraved by Petrus Plancius with pictorial detail of mountains, roads, forests, villages, kingdoms, mines, stupas and spice plantations. It is embellished with three strapwork cartouches and further adorned with a finely rendered sailing ship and animals roaming the interior (including a large elephant with his manhout). This is the second state with updated cartouches, and with the elephant facing right rather than left. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8380:1A.2.

Condition: A

Full original color on watermarked paper with minor creasing along the centerfold and light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/17/2016