Auction 121, Lot 417

"Islandia", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1616 (circa)


Color: Black & White

5.3 x 3.6 inches
13.5 x 9.1 cm

This charming miniature map of Iceland is derived from Mercator's important folio map, similar to that of Ortelius, and is based on the same source - that of Bishop Gudbrandur Thorláksson. The island is depicted with its vast mountains, glaciers and fiords and includes fairly well-located settlements, many places of interest and the volcanic eruption of Hekla. The rocky, small island of Grimsey is noted just above Iceland. The map is decorated with moiré-patterned seas and a strapwork title cartouche at lower right. Latin text on verso.

References: Kind (1st ed. ) pp. 82-85.

Condition: A

Superb impression on a strong sheet with some faint marginal toning.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/26/2007