"Goa", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Goa, India
Period: 1650 (circa)
Publication: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica
Color: Black & White
13.8 x 10.6 inches
35.1 x 26.9 cm
This is a sharply engraved view of the city of Goa, which was the largest trading center on India's western coast and Portugal's most important possession in India. A decorative cartouche encloses a numbered key to 43 locations within the city. North is oriented to the bottom of the chart. Elephants are shown working on the waterfront, and a number of ships sail in the bay. Published in Johann Ludwig Gottfried's Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.GOTT-1a #47.
A crisp impression on a watermarked sheet with some faint soiling and minor paper weaknesses along the folds that have been reinforced on verso with archival material. A 2" edge tear at top has been repaired with archival materials on verso.