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Auction 100, Lot 46

"Descriptio Terrae Subaustralis", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: South Pole

Period: 1616 (circa)

Publication: P. Bertii Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum…

Color: Black & White

5.3 x 3.6 inches
13.5 x 9.1 cm

This fine miniature map is the first map to focus solely on the South Pole. It depicts the huge continent, labeled Magallanica sive Terra Australis Incognita, incorporating Terra de fuogo, Psittacorum Regio, Promontorium terrae australis, and Beach Provinica and is nearly joined with New Guinea and the Salomon Islands. A small ship, sea monster and two compass roses decorate the tiny map. The title page to the atlas is on verso.

References: King, p. 83; Tooley MCC (Early Antarctica) #12.

Condition: A

Evenly toned with a couple of tiny wormholes in margins, well away from map.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/12/2002