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Auction 160, Lot 732

"Insula Ceilon olim Taprobana Incolis Tenarisin et Lankawn Exactissime Delineata et Nuperrime Edita", Visscher/Schenk

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1713 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23.1 x 19.5 inches
58.7 x 49.5 cm

Superb map of Ceylon with north oriented to the right. The island is well delineated with mountains, forests, roads, cities, forts, and temples. Adam’s Peak is prominently depicted near the center of the island. The legendary Adams Brugh (Adam's Bridge or Rama's Bridge) is clearly shown linking Mannar island off Sri Lanka with Rameswaram island of the coast of India. Decorated by a title cartouche featuring natives and an elephant. Blank verso.


Condition: A

An excellent impression with full original color and a few tiny spots of foxing at bottom center. A tear confined to left blank margin has been repaired on verso with paper tape.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/16/2016