C1700

Carte Particuliere d’une Partie d’Asie ou sont Les Isles d’Andemaon, Ceylan, Les Maldives.

Mapmaker:

Pieter Mortier (1661 - 1711)

Impressive large scale two-sheet sea chart of the Indian Ocean, extending from the Horn of Africa to the Straits of Malacca. Each sheet has a title, the left panel in Dutch and the right in French. The detailed map illustrates … Read Full Description

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S/N: GBEL-017-ASI–184640
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Full Title:

Carte Particuliere d’une Partie d’Asie ou sont Les Isles d’Andemaon, Ceylan, Les Maldives.

Date:

C1700

Mapmaker:

Pieter Mortier (1661 - 1711)

Condition:

In good condition, centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Image Size: 

875mm 
x 595mm
AUTHENTICITY
Carte Particuliere d’une Partie d’Asie ou sont Les Isles d’Andemaon, Ceylan, Les Maldives. - Antique Map from 1700

Genuine antique
dated:

1700

Description:

Impressive large scale two-sheet sea chart of the Indian Ocean, extending from the Horn of Africa to the Straits of Malacca. Each sheet has a title, the left panel in Dutch and the right in French. The detailed map illustrates the latest cartographic information of the Indian Ocean and features extensive rhumb lines. The Maldives, shown as a double chain of twenty-six atolls below India, are prominently highlighted by the use of rectangular hand-colouring indicating their importance. The islands were an important source of cowrie shells which the Maldivians cultivated by floating branches of coconut palms in the sea, to which the shells attached themselves. The other important product was coir, a fibre obtained from dried coconut husk which was cured in pits, beaten, spun and then twisted into cords and ropes. It&#8217s resistance to saltwater made it much sought after for the rigging of the dhows that plied the Indian Ocean. Mortier was a Dutch mapmaker who travelled to Paris in 1681-1685 and on his return to Holland obtained the States-General&#8217s privilege for French publishers in Amsterdam. Mortier published this sea chart in the second volume of Suite du Neptune Francois which covered non-European waters. Many of the charts were produced from manuscripts drawn by N.P. d&#8217Ablancourt, a French diplomat in Lisbon, from Portuguese sources. Koeman described Mortier&#8217s sea atlas in his monumental cartographic reference work Atlantes Neerlandici as &#8216the most expensive sea-atlas ever published in Amsterdam in the 17th century. Its charts are larger and more lavishly decorated than those of any preceding book of this kind.&#8217 From Mortier&#8217s Suite du Neptune Francois. References: Moreland pp.120-121.

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