London: A. and J. Churchill, 1703.
View. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 12 1/2" x 13 5/8".
This fascinating map shows the eastern Indian coast and part of Ceylon. First published in 1672, this map is an early depiction of the Bay of Bengal showing towns, rivers, and mountains. The map is oriented with north to the left, and depths are noted along the coastline. Pictorial details are beautifully illustrated and include elephants and wild cats, in addition to the mountains and forests commonly seen on these maps. A decorative title cartouche shows two cherubs surrounded by treasure chests, representing the riches that brought the Dutch to India.
This map appeared in Baldaeus's "A True and Exact Description of the Most Celebrated East-India Coasts of Malabar and Coromandel." It is in very good condition with minor chips and discoloration in the margins, not affecting the image. Philippus Baldaeus (1632-1671) was a Dutch minister who documented life in the Dutch East Indies. This map demonstrates the high quality of his work.