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Auction 117, Lot 429

"Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip.", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Arctic and Scandinavia

Period: 1570 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.1 inches
49.5 x 35.8 cm

Ortelius based this influential map on the work of earlier authorities including Mercator, Zeno and Magnus. Of particular interest are the mythical islands of Brasil, Frisland, Drogeo, Icaria, and St. Brandan. Part of Mercator's imaginary polar continent is depicted with a Latin note that it is inhabited by pygmies. Iceland (Islant, Thule) is basically unchanged from Mercator´s map of Europe from 1554 with the shape originated by Zeno. Greenland is separated from Europe by a wide sea and a portion of North America appears in the upper left corner with the name Estotilant. The map is adorned with a variety of very inventive creatures including a half-man, half-sea creature with bird feet playing a lute. Italian text on verso.

References: Burden #40; Van den Broecke #160.

Condition: A+

Very good with a professionally repaired wormhole in the right, blank margin. Excellent old color.

Estimate: $2,300 - $3,000

Sold for: $2,300

Closed on 12/6/2006