Auction 119, Lot 455

"Scandia sive Regiones Septentrionales", Magini, Giovanni Antonio

Subject: Arctic and Northern Europe

Period: 1608 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

6.7 x 5 inches
17 x 12.7 cm

Uncommon, small map based on Ortelius' Septentrionalum of 1570, which in turn was based on the mapping of Nicholas Zeno in 1558. The map shows two Greenlands, one just above the other, as well as the imaginary islands of Frisland and St. Brendain, along with many other small, phantom islands in the North Sea. The North Pole carries a note of Pigmei hic habitant, indicating that pygmies live there. The island of Drogeo shown off the coast of Estotilant is thought to represent Newfoundland. Beautifully engraved by Girolamo Porro with Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #94.

Condition: B

A meticulous hand contemporary to the map has added some small notes in ink, labeling a latitude line, and adding the name of Gothiland to Groelandt and changing Groenlandt's name a bit.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $450

Closed on 5/9/2007