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Auction 118, Lot 518

"Islandia", Ortelius/Coignet

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1601 (circa)

Publication: Epitome theatri orbis terrarum

Color: Hand Color

4.6 x 3.3 inches
11.7 x 8.4 cm

Charming miniature map of Iceland based on Ortelius' important folio map of the island. Major cities are named and the sea is stipple engraved. The rocky, small island of Grimsey is noted just above Iceland. Strapwork title cartouche at lower right. The map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Jan B. Vrients. Italian text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 86-87.

Condition: A

Sharp impression. Lower margin lightly stained, with a couple of chips at edge, not affecting map.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $425

Closed on 3/6/2007