"Tabula Islandiae Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro", Hondius/Blaeu
Period: 1645 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm
Fabulous map of Iceland with numerous embellishments, including tall mountains and volcanoes filling the island, two compass roses, sea creatures, a sailing ship and fine title and scale of miles cartouches. This map has a rich cartographic history. It was originated by Joris Carolus, a Dutch sailor, who based it largely on the work of Bishop Gudbarndu Thorlaksson. It was first issued by Jodocus Hondius and then re-issued by Willem Blaeu with his imprint. It became the prototype for the mapping of Iceland and its influence did not wane until the mid-18th century. Latin text on verso.
Sharp impression with original color. Uneven toning, darker at sides with a few chips and short tears in margins, not affecting map repaired on verso.