Antique Map, Plan of the Fortress of Coylan, Kerala, c. 1779
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Plan of the Fortress of Coylan, Kerala, also known as Quilon is located on the Malabar coast of India. The Dutch East India Company captured it from the Portuguese in 1661, and the British in 1779. Copper plate engraving, hand coloured, from the Dutch edition of “Histoire Géneral des Voyages” This was a monumental eighteenth century general history by Antoine François Prévost d’Exiles, a French author, novelist, theologian, natural historian, and a priest of the Jesuit and Benedictine orders. It is engraved by Jakobus van der Schley (1715-1779) a Dutch painter and engraver who was apprenticed and worked with Bernard Picart. Plan de la Fortresse de Coylan, Grondtekening der Fortresse de Coylan, published c.1757.