Auction 122, Lot 50

"Septentrionalium Terrarum Descript.", Jansson, Jan

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1631 (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. German text on the verso.

References: Burden #222.

Condition: A

A little faint show-through of the text on verso.

Estimate: $325 - $375

Sold for: $400

Closed on 12/5/2007