By: Joan & Cornelius Blaeu
Date: 1662 (published) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 16.5 x 20.5 inches (42 x 52 cm)
This fantastic map extends from Afghanistan and Persia eastward to northern Burma and the border of China, and southward from above Kabul to Bombay (Mumbai). Elephants and camels decorate the land mass on which rivers, mountain ranges, cities and major fortifications are detailed.
The lower left corner features an elaborate coat of arms (with eagle, ship, horse, and bulls’ heads) topped by a helmet of armor and a cherub with drawn bow and arrow above a dedicatory panel in Latin to D. Iohanni Hvydekoper (Joan Huydecoper), lord of Maarsseveen (north of Utrecht) and Neerdijk. (He later became governor of the Dutch East India Company, 1666, and mayor of Amsterdam, 1673.)
On the verso is French text, describing the origins of the Mughals, the extent of their empire, the regions they rule, the productive quality of their land, and their armed forces (including reports of thirty thousand battle elephants, eighty thousand cavalry, and two hundred thousand infantry.
Condition: This map is in very good condition. Archival material reinforces the centerfold.
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