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Rare regional map of part of India, by Johnann van Leenen.

The Kingdom of Bengal and Ganges Delta are shown, with its important farming districts, cities, and roads and shows the locations of several Dutch forts.

Francois Valentyn was an important historian of the Dutch East India Company [V.O.C]. In the preparation of his Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien Valentyn was given access to the secret V.O.C. archives, which enabled him to include previously unavailable information on important earlier Dutch voyages.

The map is based on the work of Johan van Leenen who made the first accurate survey of the eastern Bengal delta in 1666. It was drawn and engraved by Jan van Braam and Gerard onder de Linden.

The map appeared in Valentyn's Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien, vervattende Een Naaukeurige en Uitvoerige Verhandelinge van Nederlands Mogendheyd In die Geweesten. Amsterdam, J. van Braam & G. onder de Linden, 1724-26.