Auction 111, Lot 341

"Islandia", Mercator, Gerard

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1616 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

17 x 11 inches
43.2 x 27.9 cm

This important map first appeared in the 1595 edition of Mercator's Atlas. The map is similar to Ortelius' map of Iceland (issued five years earlier) and is based on the same source - that of Bishop Gudbrandur Thorláksson. Although the map is far from accurate, it is a marked improvement on earlier maps in both content and execution. The island is depicted with its vast mountains, glaciers and fiords and includes fairly well located settlements, many places of interest and the eruption in Hekla. The map is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche, a sea monster and scale of miles. French text on verso.


Condition: A

Professional repair of tiny separation on centerfold. Some old repairs includes paper replaced in corners - all well away from map.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $850

Closed on 6/8/2005