Auction 112, Lot 55

"Regionum Circum Polarium Lapponiae Islandiae et Groenlandiae Novae et Veteris Nova Descriptio Geographica", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1701 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Novua

Color: Black & White

Size:
13.7 x 9.2 inches
34.8 x 23.4 cm

A delightful map of the North Pole filled with images of sea monsters, whaling, hunting and exploration. The map itself presents typical cartography for the period, leaving open the possibility of both a Northeast and Northwest Passage to the Far East. The title cartouche is engraved onto the hide of a polar bear with two hunters, and at right is a vignette of a busy Lapland marketplace.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $700

Closed on 9/28/2005

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