Auction 108, Lot 285

"Tabula Islandiae Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1644 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

Fabulous map of Iceland with numerous embellishments including tall mountains and volcanoes filling the island, two compass roses, sea creatures, a sailing ship and fine title and scale of miles cartouches. This map has a rich cartographic history. It was originated by Joris Carolus, a Dutch sailor, who based it largely on the work of Bishop Gudbarndu Thorlaksson. It was first issued by Jodocus Hondius and then re-issued by Willem Blaeu with his imprint. It became the prototype for the mapping of Iceland and its influence did not wane until the mid-18th century. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

Superb impression with fine later color. Full wide margins with a couple of insignificant spots.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 9/29/2004