Auction 110, Lot 36

"Septentrionalium Terrarum Descriptio", Mercator/Cloppenburgh

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1632 (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. The magnetic pole is depicted as an island in the Strait of Anian. An elaborate river network and large bay is shown in the extreme northwest part of North America. Latin text on verso with page number 23 at top right.

References: Burden #225.

Condition: A

Old color and light even toning with a couple of minor printer's creases in map. Minor mat burn in margins.

Estimate: $900 - $1,000

Sold for: $850

Closed on 3/2/2005