Auction 105, Lot 49

"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.

Condition: B

Remargined right and bottom with facsimile of neatlines. Overall very crisp with lovely color.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/3/2003