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Auction 101, Lot 49

"Septentrionalium Terrarum Descriptio; Juxta mentem Veterum Geographorum", Mercator/Cloppenburgh

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1738 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.8 x 7.2 inches
24.9 x 18.3 cm

Extremely rare reduced version of Mercator's famous map of the North Pole. The hemisphere is surrounded by a finely engraved design with four round insets in each corner. These contain the title, the Faeroe Isles, the Shetland Isles, and the mythical island of Frisland. The North Pole is shown according to legend as a large rock in a giant whirlpool surrounded by four islands that are separated by rivers. This map was originally prepared for Cloppenburg edition of the Atlas Minor and here reissued by Henri du Sauzet in the last edition of this popular atlas. Page number 283 engraved at top right identifying this as the very rare last state of the plate.

References: Burden #225

Condition: A+

Minor soil in margins, still fine.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 12/4/2002