Scarce Italian Map of Southeast Asia
"Penisola dell India di la dal Gange Divisa ne i Regni, che in Essasi Contengono et Accresciuta di Varie Notizie...", Cantelli da Vignola/de Rossi
Subject: Southeast Asia
Period: 1683 (dated)
Publication: Mercurio Geografico
Color: Hand Color
16.1 x 21 inches
40.9 x 53.3 cm
This scarce map focuses on the Indochinese peninsula, the Straits of Malacca, and part of Sumatra. The region is divided into kingdoms, including Tonkin (Tunquin), Cochinchina (Cocincina), Pegu, Laos, Cambodia, Siam (Sian), Malacca, Pera, and Aracan (Myanmar). The dramatic title cartouche features a tiger and two regional potentates. Cantelli introduced a bold style that was followed and further developed by Coronelli. Engraved by Franciscus Donia.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.ROSS-1a #180.
Original outline color on paper with a small medallion watermark with a dog. There is light toning along the centerfold, a bit of offsetting, and a few minor extraneous creases.