Auction 119, Lot 48

"Septentrionalium Terrarum Descript.", Jansson, Jan

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1628 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

8 x 5.6 inches
20.3 x 14.2 cm

First state of this small map of the North Pole that was first issued in 1628. Jansson's map does not follow Mercator, but instead used the knowledge of the many recent exploratory voyages that attempted to locate a northern route to Asia. Several fictitious islands, including Frisland, appear in the North Atlantic. It is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche. Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #222.

Condition: A

Faint show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $325

Closed on 5/9/2007