Auction 111, Lot 30

"Septentrionalium Terrarum Descriptio; Juxta mentem Veterum Geographorum", Mercator/Cloppenburgh

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1676 (published)

Publication: Nieuwe en beknopte Uytbeeldinghe…

Color: Hand Color

9.6 x 7.1 inches
24.4 x 18 cm

This reduced version of Mercator's famous map of the North Pole was originally published in the Atlas Minor by Johannes Cloppenburg and was most likely engraved by Pieter van den Keere. 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 Frislandt. 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.

References: Burden #225; Kershaw #32; Koeman (Atlantes) II Me 206.

Condition: A

Lightly toned with a couple of spots in margins.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $475

Closed on 6/8/2005