India Intra et Extra Gangem.
1720 (undated) 13 x 16.5 in (33.02 x 41.91 cm)
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An exceptional 1720 map of India and Southeast Asia from Christoph Weigel's Descriptio Orbis Antiqui, this map incorporates Ptolemaic geography with 18th century geography. All the place names on this map come from the Geographia of Claudius Ptolemy, which have then been integrated on to known places. India Intra et Extra Gangem simply means 'India on this side and that side of the Ganges.' The map begins on the western side of India and moves across the Ganges to modern day Bangladesh, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Halong Bay (Sinus Magnus). The map also covers from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka (Taprobanae). At the top right corner sits an elaborate engraving of a war scene, where a fearsome elephant, in armor, is carrying a large box on its back containing several soldiers who are, in turn, attacking enemy forces on the ground from the elephant's back. There are archers both on the elephant's back and on the ground, along with victims from both sides, some of which appear to be underneath the elephant. The elephant appears to be the vanguard of an approaching army, as soldiers with spears and banners can be seen advancing from behind. Below the elephant lies a banner, which bears the title. This map was published in 1720 by Christoph Weigel in his Descriptio Orbis Antiqui in Nuremberg.
Christoph Weigel (November 9, 1654 - February 5, 1725) was a German goldsmith, printer, and engraver based in Nuremburg. Weigel apprenticed in engraving in the publishing center of Augsburg after which he held various positions in Vienna and Frankfurt. Eventually Weigel worked his way to 18th century printing Mecca of Nuremburg where, in 1698, he became a citizen of the city and established his own firm. Weigel is known to have worked closely with the most prominent of the Nuremburg map publishers J. B. Homann as well as with with his brother Johann Christoph Weigel (1654 - 1726) and the printer, Kohler. Following Weigel's passing in 1725, control of the firm passed to his widow, who published a number of Weigel's maps and atlases posthumously. The widow Weigel eventually ceded control of the firm to her son, Johann Christoph Weigel the younger (?? - 1746) who partnered with Schneider to publish as Schneider-Weigel. The Schneider-Weigel firm continued to publish until the early 19th century.
Weigel, J. Descriptio Orbis Antiqui.
Very good. Light foxing.