Auction 117, Lot 38

"Poli Arctici, et Circumiacentium Terrarum Descriptio Novissima", Hondius/deWit

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1676 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 17 inches
49.3 x 43.2 cm

Hondius' important map of the polar region that replaced Mercator's map and incorporated much of the knowledge gained by the English in their search for a Northwest Passage to Asia. The cartography is based on Henry Briggs depiction of Hudson Bay. There are several Dutch names in Labrador, many appearing for the first time on this map. The fascinating whaling scenes that surround the map also depict Dutch activity in the region. There are many ships shown with walruses and cormorants. This is De Wit's issue, with his imprint in both strapwork cartouches.

References: Kershaw #103; Burden: #246.

Condition: A

Very nice with great original color. Just a couple of spots in the blank, generous margins, otherwise fine

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 12/6/2006