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ANTIQUE MAP OF THE MUGHAL EMPIRE BY VAN DER AA (C.1725) During Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah 1720–1748

Mirza Firuz Shah
Muhammad Shah 1720–1748
Stacked Wooden Logs



Good. General age related toning and occasional light staining from handling. Paper edge uncut and thus irregular and with occasional small tears. Please study image carefully.

Date: c.1725 | Overall size: 49 x 38 cm. | Image size: 35 x 29 cm.

Description: Antique map titled 'Royaume de Grand Mogol (..).' This map shows the extend of the Mughal Empire, which includes northern India, from Golconda to Afghanistan and eastwards to Bengal. Decorative cartouche with VOC merchants and Mughals. Extremely rare in this edition.

This plate originates from the very scarse: 'La galerie agreable du monde (...).Tome premier des Indes Orientales.', published by P. van der Aa, Leyden, c. 1725. This famous work was published in 66 parts and is the biggest print / map book ever published. Van der Aa incorporated plates by other publishers such as Blaeu, Visscher, de Wit, meurs, Halma, Mortier, Allard in this work and often added broad decorative borders. Probably the costliest and complete universal geographic work ever produced. It is said that only 100 copies were printed. Ref: Koeman Aa9; Phillips 2780 note. This plate was originally published in 'Asia of naukeurige beschryving van het rijk des Grooten Mogols (...)', by Olfert Dapper (1639 - 1689). Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs, 1672.

Artists and Engravers: Pieter van der Aa (Leiden 1659-1733) was a Dutch publisher best known for preparing maps and atlases. The Galerie Agreable contains plates and maps by the best Dutch engravers: Luiken, Goeree, Mulder, Stoopendaal, de Hooghe, ao.

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