By: Pieter Boudewyn van der Aa
Date: 1719 (published)
Dimensions: 12.6 x 17.53 inches (32 cm x 44.5 cm)
A view of the town and harbor of Goa and surrounding hills oriented to the south that is said to be based on a map by Jan Huygen van Linschoten in his 1596 publication, Itinerario. Many European ships and local boats appear in the harbor. Elephants and ship-building activity are shown on the shorefront. The coat of arms of Portugal is in the upper left corner, and, arms of the city are in the upper right corner. A baroque-framed cartouche in the upper right contains a letter key to places on the map, indicating churches, bazaars, and other public buildings, accompanied by descriptive text in Latin. On the reverse side are two pages of text in Latin, headed by the title, “Goa, Orientalis Indiae Metropolis & Emporium Celeberrimum.” It describes the ethnic groups encountered there, both foreign and local, the goods traded there, its religious institutions, etc.
Condition: Excellent framed example with superb hand coloring.
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