"Terre Artiche…", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Subject: North Pole
Period: 1696 (circa)
Color: Black & White
23.8 x 17.5 inches
60.5 x 44.5 cm
This is one of the most visually dramatic and interesting maps of the North Pole. Clouds filled with wind-heads surround the title cartouche and a panel of text describing the Northern Lights is enclosed within an illustrative surround accented by a coat of arms. Coronelli forsakes any imaginary geography and maps those regions verified by exploration, with notations citing the particular voyages or explorer. Questionable regions are shown by indistinct faint engraved lines.
References: Rey, L. Unveiling the Arctic, fig. 6, p. 487.
Very fine impression with faint toning along centerfold. Minor printer's ink flaw in explanation of Greenland.