Auction 122, Lot 443

"Scandia, sive Regiones Septentrionales", Magini, Giovanni Antonio

Subject: Arctic and Scandinavia

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terrarum Orbis Scriptorum

Color: Black & White

6.8 x 5.3 inches
17.3 x 13.5 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 and on sheet with map. Published by Raphael Savonarola.

References: Burden #94.

Condition: A

A clean sheet with one very faintly abraded area just above the bottom neatline.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/5/2007