Auction 96, Lot 432

"Ceylon olim Taprobana incolis Tenarisin et Lekawn dicta maxima et simul ditissima Maris Indici Insula", Lotter, Tobias Conrad

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1750 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 19.5 inches
57.9 x 49.5 cm

Large, splendid map of the island with north oriented to the right of the chart. The interior is filled with mountains and jungle, with the Kingdom of Candy at center. Small flags locate the Dutch forts and there are several notations throughout. The large cartouche features a Dutch merchant trading with natives who bring baskets filled with pearls, jewels and ivory. A large elephant dominates the background. Beautifully engraved in Lotter's bold style, with very attractive full original color.


Condition: C

Water stain affecting most of the right side, otherwise very good with a superb impression.

Estimate: $350 - $400


Closed on 9/12/2001