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Accurater Geographischer Entwurf der Königlichen Dänischen auf der Küste Choromandel in Ost-Indien belegenen Stadt und Vestung Trankenbar oder Tarangenbadi u Dansburg
Augsburg 1740 - Copper engraved map, full period hand colouring. Beautiful 18th century map of the region surrounding Tharangambadi, the chief factory of the Dutch East India Company in southwestern India. The Dutch East India Company founded Tharangambadi (aka Trankebar or Tranquebar) in the early 17th century. With the town's strategic presence on the southwest coast and protection by an impressive fort, Tharanambadi quickly became the chief factory of the Company. In the early 18th century, Protestant missionaries from Germany came to the region and established a mission, with Moravian Brethren soon to follow. These facts combined no doubt encouraged German mapmaker Matthaeus Seutter to produce this splendid map of the region. Along both sides of the map, a tremendous amount of textual information explains the various sites and settlements, by means of five symbolic and thirteen numbered references. Aesthetically, the map is extremely pleasing, and is here in full period colour. Matthaeus Seutter was one of the most important German mapmakers of the eighteenth century. Born in Augsburg in 1678, he became an apprentice to the renowned cartographer Johann Baptiste Homann in Nuremberg. In 1707 he established himself as a map publisher in Augsburg, and quickly became Homann's main rival. His business flourished and by 1731 he was appointed Geographer to the Imperial Court. He produced some of the age's most beautiful maps, atlases, and globes, all of which are famed for their cartographic detail, brilliant colour, and ornate cartouches. Not in Gole.
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