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Auction 100, Lot 47

"Nova et Accurata Poli Arctici et Terrarum Circum Iacentium Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1684 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 16 inches
52.1 x 40.6 cm

Beautiful map that became the prototype for north polar projections for many later maps. Rhumb lines radiate from the North Pole and several compass roses embellish the chart. A large title cartouche, with two figures and numerous wind heads, conveniently hides the northwest coast of America. The map is further decorated with ships and a cartouche, with Jansson’s imprint, which depicts men in parkas, a polar bear and foxes. Fourth state of the plate. No text on verso.

References: Burden #250; Kershaw #110.

Condition: B

Lovely original color. Professional tissue repair of bottom fold and a couple of tears in bottom margin. Reinforcement of weakness in paper caused by oxidation of the green color, including replacement of a tiny bit of loss in the top cartouche.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/12/2002