A Paris Chez P Bertrand Rue St. Iacques a la Pomme d'Or, proche St Seuerin, Avec Pr, du Roy [n.d. c.1690].
Engraving. 175 x 240mm. Foxing/staining, mostly in margins. Pin-sized hole lower left of frame.
'The powerful Idalcansi, king of Gujurat or Cambaya, Dulcinda, Dekkan, Odisha etc, and master of all the Malabar coast and of the lands where the famous river which give India its name begins. The one who most strongly opposes the power of the Great Mogol, he claims to be descended from Alcidaris, the sole living descendant of the Great Tamberlane, this powerful Indian king can raise armies from 6- to 700- thousand men, and 800 elephants. He seeks gold mines, the finest diamonds, and other precious stones, including rubies, emeralds, turqoise, topaz, sapphires and a quantity of amethysts, chrysolites, agates, and his palaces are built from marble illuminated with gold leaf. His people are the most ingenious in spirit, perform the greatest kindnesses, and the most admired works in the Indias, etc.'
Collection of the Royal House of Savoy and Italy.
[Ref: 1649] £140.00