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This beautifully hand coloured original antique map of Northern India, the Mogul Empire, was published by Peter Vander AA in 1720. Finely engraved map of Northern India showing the mountains, rivers, cities, shrines, and roads. Lovely pictorial title cartouche, strapwork distance scales and compass rose embellish the map. The Moghul Empire was founded in the northern part of India by Babur in 1526. It grew in size unitl the early 18th century, then slowly declined until it was finally dissolved by the British Empire in 1857. While there was not a lot of interaction between Europe and the Moghuls in the seventeenth century, this important Asian empire was still of great fascination. A 1618 map by William Baffin, based on the embassy of Sir Thomas Roe to emperor Jahangir in 1615, was the basis for a map of Willem Blaeu, which was then copied here by Blaeu's competitor Jan Jansson. This is the more desirable version, as it contains a wonderful title cartouche showing two Moghul figures in elaborate dress. Also of interest are the small vignettes of elephants, lions, and a small camel caravan. (Ref: Koeman; Tooley) (Ref: M&B; Tooley)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy & stable Paper color: - Off white Age of map color: - Early Colors used: - Red, green, blue, brown General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 15in x 12 1/4in (370mm x 310mm) Plate size: - 14in x 11 1/2in (355mm x 290mm) Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - Age toning Plate area: - Age toning and folds as issued Verso: - Age toning