Auction 117, Lot 37

"Nova et Accurata Poli Arctici et Terrarum Circum Iacentium Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1642 (circa)

Publication: Nieuwen Atlas, ofte Werelt Beschryvinge…

Color: Hand Color

21 x 16.1 inches
53.3 x 40.9 cm

This is the first state of this beautiful map, originally published in 1637. It eventually replaced Hondius' map of the North Pole and became the prototype for many later maps including those of Blaeu. Rhumb lines radiate from the North Pole and several compass roses embellish the chart. A large title cartouche, with two figures and numerous wind heads conveniently hide the northwest coast of America. The map is further decorated with ships and a cartouche, showing Jansson’s imprint, which depicts men in parkas, a polar bear and foxes. A delightful map with Dutch text on verso.

References: Burden #250; Kershaw #106a.

Condition: A

This is a handsome, dark impression with original color. Some very light spots of foxing, primarily confined to the blank margins. Hinge remnants in upper, blank margin.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,400


Closed on 12/6/2006