Auction 117, Lot 426

"Islandia", Kaerius/Bertius

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1600 (circa)

Publication: Tabularum Geographicarum. . .

Color: Hand Color

4.8 x 3.5 inches
12.2 x 8.9 cm

Charming miniature version of Ortelius' map of Iceland that was based on the cartography of Bishop Gudbrandur Thorláksson. The island is depicted with its vast mountains and fiords and includes several settlements, many places of interest and the fiery eruption of Hekla. The moiré patterned sea has some of Ortelius' famous sea monsters both swimming and walking upon it. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 82.

Condition: B

Lovely old color with some toning. Some hinge remnants and loss of title in top margin. Manuscript notation in old ink in the right and left margins.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 12/6/2006