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DABHOL, India: Dabul


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The mid 18th century view shows the port city Dabhol in India. It was engraved by Jacob van der Schley and published in Histoire Générale Des Voyages. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Dabul was an opulent Muslim trade center. Around 1660 it was annexed to the new Maratha kingdom. 

Jacob van der Schley was a dutch engraver and artist, who studied under the French engraver Bernard Picart (1673-1733) since he was 12. He engraved plates for Histoire de l’origine et des premiers progrès de l’imprimerie and numerous maps for Camps topographiques de la campagne de MDCCLVII, en Westphalie, published by du Bois in The Hague in 1770.

His most famous series of engravings are plates and maps for the monumental Hague edition of Histoire Générale Des Voyages by Antoine François Prévost d’Exiles (1697 – 1763). The work was published in 20 volumes between 1747 – 1780 with many plates based on the engravings by Jacques Nicolas Bellin. This view comes from the 10. volume of Histoire Générale, published in 1755.

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