Auction 108, Lot 286

"Carte de l'Islande, Pour servir a la Continuation de l'Histoire generale des Voyages", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1768 (circa)

Publication: Histoire des Voyages…

Color: Hand Color

15 x 11.7 inches
38.1 x 29.7 cm

In 1752 the Danish scholar, Niels Horrebow, published an important book and map about Iceland. His map, based on the previously unpublished Knoff survey, was a major departure from previous maps based on Bishop Gudbrandur Thorlaksson's map of more than 150 years earlier. Thus, it marked a turning point in the cartography of Iceland. This is Bellin's version for Prevost's important work on voyages of exploration. The map locates villages and churches and graphically delineates the mountains, rivers, lakes and forests.


Condition: A

Issued folded, now pressed. Faint unobtrusive offsetting, else fine.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/29/2004