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Auction 118, Lot 60

"Septentrionalium Terrarum Descript.", Jansson, Jan

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1628-1630 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.8 x 5.6 inches
19.8 x 14.2 cm

Jansson's small map of the North Pole did not follow Mercator's cartography, but instead used the knowledge of the many recent explorations that attempted to locate a northern route to Asia. Several fictitious islands in the North Atlantic appear, including Frisland. The map is attractively adorned with a strapwork title cartouche. Titled in Dutch above map Beschryvinghe des Noorder-Pools, Dutch text on verso.

References: Burden #222: Kershaw #113d.

Condition: B

Nice, sharp engraving with lovely color. Some show through of the text on verso and hinge remnants at the top.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 3/6/2007