"Ins. Ceilan quae Incolis Tenarisin Dicitur", Mercator/Hondius
Subject: Sri Lanka
Period: 1607 (published)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae…
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 13.5 inches
49.8 x 34.3 cm
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. This is the first plate, embellished with three strapwork cartouches, a finely rendered sailing ship, a compass rose, and animals roaming the interior (including a large elephant with his manhout). Latin text on verso.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8380:1A.1.
A dark impression on paper with a coat of arms watermark, very mild toning, and light show-through of text on verso.