"Ceylan, et les Maldives", Sanson, Nicolas
Subject: Sri Lanka & the Maldives
Period: 1652 (dated)
Publication: L'Asie en Plusieurs Cartes Nouvelles, et Exactes
Color: Hand Color
9.7 x 7.4 inches
24.6 x 18.8 cm
Exquisite map of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with the southern tip of India shown at the top. Sri Lanka is shown in an inset named Ceylan Isle, qui est la Taprobane des Anciens, Taprobana referring to the name given to the island on earlier maps. Nicely detailed and beautifully engraved with a decorative title cartouche and an attractive compass rose. Engraved by A. Peyrounin.
References: Pastoureau, SANSON III A .
Original outline color with later color in the cartouche and wide margins. There are library stamps in the top corners of the sheet on verso, which show through on recto and are confined to the blank margins. This map was deaccessioned from the Universitat und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt in 2010. Documentation is available upon request.