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Title: [Antique map of southern India and Sri Lanka.] Narsinga et Ceylon.
Author: Leipzig: Heironymus Megister, 1610
PlaceAndYear: Leipzig, H. Gross, 1610.
Description: The map of southern India and Sri Lanka from Hieronymus Megiser's 'Hodeproricon Indiae orientalis'. Narsinga, referred to as the Kingdom of Bisnaga by the Portuguese, was the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire that controlled southern India. It is based upon van Linschoten's map of South East Asia. In spite of its small size this map provides a lot of finely engraved information. Ref.: Gole, India within the Ganges, 7.4.1
VARTHEMA, Ludovico di.
A scarce map of southern India and Sri Lanka, engraved by Heinrich Gross jnr. for a German edition of the travels of Ludovico di Varthema (or Barthema, c. 1470-1517), the first non-Muslim European to enter Mecca as a pilgrim. Born in Bologna, he travelled to Egypt and Syria in 1503, where he learned enough to enlist as a Mamluk in Damascus. Under this cover he made the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina as one of the Mamluk escort of the Hajj caravan the same year. His account has satisfied later scholars, including Richard Burton, as authentic. From Arabia he travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo & the Moluccas. In 1506, wishing to return home, he joined the Portuguese garrison at Kannur in India, with whom he stayed untill he could join a ship returning to Europe in late 1507. His account then describes the east coast of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, St Helena, Ascension and the Azores before landing at Lisbon. He returned to Italy, publishing this account for the first time in 1510.
Dimensions: 80 x 120 mm
Reference: Gole, India within the Ganges, 7.4.1
Colouring: uncoloured
Condition: strong impression, slight age-toning, otherwise in excellent condition.
  • Number: 1010990 (7128)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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