Exceptional old color example of Johannes Van Keulen's rare sea chart of Sri Lanka, published in Amsterdam.
Oriented with west at the top, the map includes topographical details, and elephant and a native bow-hunting scene in the interior. The coast is surrounded by depth soundings and indications of shoals and sandbanks. Finely engraved sailing ships and a whale occupy the seas and two large cartouches contain the mileage scales, decorated with cherubs, an
astrolabe and furled banners.
The title is supported by Ceylonese and Arab traders, animals and reptiles.