Negapatam(now Naga pattinam) 1672

Baldaeus map, Negapatam,India,1672
Title Negapatam
Maker Baldaeus
Year Amsterdam,1672
Description Antique map (copper engraving) of  a bird's-eye view of Nagapattinam or Negapatam, India, printed for the first Dutch edition of Baldaeus' work 'A true and exact description of the most celebrated East-India coasts of Malabar and Coromandel and also of the Isle of Ceylon'  published by by Jansssonius van Waasberge en van Someren. 
Location/Subject Antique Maps of Asia  / Negapatnam / Nagapattinam / India


Subject: Plate 149: 'Negapatam' (A plan of the city of Negapatam). It shows: Negapatam, or Nagapattinam as it is now called, is a city in India. The plan shows the city during the Dutch settlement by the VOC.
Description: This original engraving originates from the 1672 German edition of Baldaeus' 'Nauwkeurige beschrijving Malabar en Choromandel, derz. aangrenzend rijken, en het machtige eiland Ceylon.' (transl: Description of the East Indian Countries of Malabar, Coromandel, Ceylon, etc.), printed in Amsterdam by Jacob van Velsen and published by Johannes Janssonius van Waesbergen en Johannes van Someren.

Artists and Engravers: Author: Philip Baldaeus (1632-1672). Father Philippus Baldaeus, Baelde or Philip Balde (October 1632, Delft � 1672, Geervliet) was a Dutch minister. He went to Jaffna, Ceylon with an invading Dutch force during 17th Century. As the first European he documented the life, language and culture of Tamil people, living in the north of the island. It is a great historical record, similar to Mahawamsa, and it was immediately published in Dutch and German (with many beautiful plates). Some lates in this work signed G. Appelmans fe., being the engraver.

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