Vasco da Gama meets the Zamorin of Calicut in 1498; for more on this symbolically momentous encounter, see *Vasco da Gama*


*"The Idol of Calicut," in a depiction from 1516* (Univ. of Zurich)

"Jörg Breu d. Ä. zugeschrieben, Idol von Calicut,  in: Ludovico de Varthema, 'Die Ritterlich und lobwürdig Reisz', Strassburg 1516. (Bild: Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich.)"


A depiction of that same alleged idol by *MUNSTER*, 1552, who briefly describes it as well


A view of Calicut, in "Narsinga," by *MUNSTER*, 1588; *the whole page*

Source: ebay, Dec. 2007


Probably the earliest depiction of Calicut, from 1572; CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR A HUGE SCAN

Source: http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/india/calicut/maps/braun_hogenberg_I_54_1.html
(downloaded Feb. 2006)

"Calechut celeberrimum Indiae emporium. From Braun and Hogenberg, Civitates Orbis Terrarum I 54. Date: first Latin edition of volume I was published in 1572. After: an unidentified Portuguese manuscript."


*From Francesco Valegio, 'Nuova Raccolta di le più Illustri et famose citta di tutto il mondo', Venice, 1575*

Source: ebay, Dec. 2006


*The fort of Calicut, from an early Portuguese description*

Source: http://www2.crb.ucp.pt/historia/abced%C3%A1rio/calicut/Index.htm
(downloaded Oct. 2005)


Calicut in the 1500's, according to *MUNSTER*: monster snakes--and a list of trade goods and trade routes

Source: ebay, Nov. 2003

"1552 Description of India, Ceylon, and Burma from "Cosmographia" by Sebastian Münster: Calicut (woodcut).  French edition; Basel printing house of Sebastian Heinrich-Petri 1552. Book V, page 1345. Page 1345 describes the town of Calicut (Calicuth; Kozhikode) in southwestern India, on the Malabar Coast. Münster writes about various kinds of snakes inhabiting Calicut, and also provides a list of spices and of spice trade partners of Calicut, including China, Arabia, Sumatra, Moluccas, Pego (Burma), Ceylon, Ormuz (Persia), Canonor (Cannanore in India), Cambaia (Cambaye, Camboja - Cambodia), and others."


Calicut and its resident sea monster, by Daniel Meissner, 1620's

Source: ebay, Sept. 2002

"Calechut, by Daniel Meissner, in his series Town Atlases in eight volumes. The work was first published in parts between 1623 and 1631 under the title Thesaurus Philo-Politicus. After Meissner's death in 1625, it was continued by Kilian Lieboldt and H. Kornman. The plates were made by among others Meissner, Matthias Merian, and Sebastian Furck."





A view by Rafaelo Savonarola, alias Alphonsus Lasor a Varea, from 'Universi orbis descriptio ad usum navigantium', Padua, 1713

Source: ebay, Nov. 2010


"Pagodas at Calicut," by Henry Salt, 1809 (with modern hand coloring)

Source: ebay, Feb. 2007


"Calicut, on the Coast of Malabar," from James Forbes's Oriental Memoirs, London, 1813: *more information (BL)*

Source: ebay, Sept. 2004


*"Calicut," from an English history book, 1851*

Source: ebay, May 2007


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