18 Janssonius / Gulf of Bengal / Virtual Map Fair 174


Description: 1657 Sinus Gangeticus; Vulgo Golfo de Bengala Nova Descriptio

Jan Jansson

Date: 1657 (circa) Amsterdam

Dimensions: 18.8 x 21.5 inches (47.8 x 54.7 cm)

This is an authentic antique map the Gulf of Bengal by Jan Jansson. The map was published in Amsterdam, circa 1657.

This exceptional sea chart of the Bay of Bengal includes the island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), eastern India, Bangladesh, Burma, and a small portion of Sumatra. This later edition of Jansson’s map of the Bay of Bengal is one of the earliest obtainable sea charts to focus on the area. The chart is displayed with a westward orientation and the sea is strapped with rhumb lines and adorned by numerous sailing ships and two compass roses.

Even more impressive is the amount of detail included inland from the coasts. Tilled rice fields, rivers, mountains, forests, villages, and cities fill the map with information and beauty. A formation of putti surrounds the scales of distance at the top of the map. In the lower right corner, an elaborate title cartouche is flanked by natives of differing origin.

Condition: Map is in B condition with lovely contemporary color, full margins.
Technique: Price in US$ 750.- In case of difference between prices in US$ and Euro the US$ price prevails.
  • Number: 1740189 (18675)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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