"Septentrionalium Terrarum Descriptio", Mercator/Cloppenburgh
Subject: North Pole
Period: 1630-36 (published)
Publication: Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
9.7 x 7.2 inches
24.6 x 18.3 cm
First state of this 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. French text on verso.
References: Burden #225.
Remargined right and bottom with facsimile of neatlines. Overall very crisp with lovely color.