Auction 104, Lot 324

"Tabula Islandiae Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1645 (circa)

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Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.2 x 15 inches
48.8 x 38.1 cm

This handsome map of Iceland was based on information from a Dutch navigator named Joris Carolus in about 1620. The map shows the influence of both versions of Bishop Gudbrandur's previous maps, a coastline resembling the Ortelius version, and Mercator's selection and spelling of many place names. The island's topography is dominated by huge mountains and volcanoes and its shoreline a rugged labyrinth of fiords. It is richly embellished with title and distance scale cartouches, compass roses, rhumb lines, a sailing ship and two sea monsters. The map was hugely influential for over 130 years as it was printed in many editions by two of the largest map publishers in the Netherlands, Willem Blaeu and Jan Jansson. This being the later state without imprint. Latin text on verso.

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Condition: B

Nice impression with attractive color. Minor creasing and some old paper repairs of marginal tears and one small hole just right of cartouche.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/10/2003

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