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Magni Mogolis Imperium
Amsterdam: Henricus Hondius, 1640. unbound. Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 14 1/2" x 19 1/2". This beautiful map of Moghal Empire dating to circa 1640 depicts modern day Pakistan, northern India, Tibet, Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar). The Indus Valley and the Ganges Delta are particularly detailed. Topography is wonderfully rendered in profile. Important cities, some that were part of the ancient Silk Route, are noted, including Cabull (Kabul), Delli (Delhi), Agra, etc. The most interesting feature is the Chimay Lacus (Chimay Lake), the mythical lake located in northern Burma which was believed to be the source of the river system in Southeast Asia. Throughout, the map includes illustrations of wild animals such as tigers, lions, elephants, etc. and also an illustration of a ship in the Indian Ocean. An intricate title cartouche adorns the top left corner. Maps published in the following years by Blaeu, Jansson, De Wit and other were based on this map by Henricus Hondius. The map is in good condition with some verso repair along the centerfold. Minor tears and cracks near edges, repaired on verso, not affecting image, except tear in top left corner extends over title cartouche. Minor foxing at places. Hondius (1594-1629) was the youngest son of Jodocus Hondius, the prolific Flemish mapmaker.
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