Deliniantur in hac tabula, Orae maritimae Abexiae, freti Mecani: al. Maris Rubri: Arabiae Freti Mecani: al Maris Rubri: Arabiae, Ormi, Persiae.; Magnificent 1599 Linschoten Map of Arabia and Southeast Asia

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huyghen van

Published by Jan Huygen van Linschoten, Amsterdam
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Map. Copperplate engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 14.75 x 20.75". This incredible map of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea combines pioneering navigational information with true cartographic artistry. As with many of his maps, van Linschoten has incorporated knowledge about the region's coasts and islands from Portuguese Portolan charts and enhanced its clarity and beauty with feats of rendering. On land, native wildlife scampers among cities (in red) and camps (in blue). In the water, careful stippling adds depth, literally and metaphorically, to the rendering of the coasts of continents and islands alike. The Indian subcontinent, the Maldives, and other surrounding islands in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal are particularly fascinating, likely due in part to the thirteen years van Linschoten spent living in India. Overall, the map is much more accurate, and much more beautiful, than previous maps of the region, even if at times, style does get in the way of substance: invented mountain ranges and bodies of water often fill in areas about which little was otherwise known. Artistry and invention registers in the wildlife as well, as the map includes unicorns and a large, swordfish-like sea monster. In addition to an elaborate compass rose at the center of the Arabian Sea, text panels surrounded by decorative scrollwork give the appearance of gears, providing visual reference to the advancement of cartography in which van Linschoten participated. The map is in good condition with minor wear along the original fold lines and minor foxing. Jan Huyghen van Linschoten (1563 - 1611) was a Dutch historian and merchant who travelled extensively and was also the Secretary to the Portuguese Archbishop of Goa in India (at the time an important commercial and political center for the Portuguese Empire) from 1583 to 1589. Also known as 'one of the pathfinders for the first Dutch voyages to the East', his book "Itinerario: Voyage ofte schipvaert van Jan Huyghen van Linschoten naar Oost ofte Portugaels Indien", was one of the most important works for nearly a century and a copy of the book was believed to be given to every ship sailing to India as a sailing manual. This map is an important example of his work. Bookseller Inventory # 278157

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Title: Deliniantur in hac tabula, Orae maritimae ...

Publisher: Jan Huygen van Linschoten, Amsterdam

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