Auction 114, Lot 46

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

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1701 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

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.

References:

Condition: A

Overall fine with a sharp impression and later color. One tiny rust mark in map.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $800

Closed on 3/1/2006

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