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Auction 123, Lot 448

"Mar del Nort", Jansson, Jan

Subject: North Atlantic

Period: 1660 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus, Sive Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

22 x 17 inches
55.9 x 43.2 cm

This map was originally published in Jansson's important sea atlas, Atlantis Majoris Quinta Pars, Orbem Maritimum, the first of its kind intended for the general market, and then incorporated into his later publications. The chart covers the northern Atlantic Ocean with the eastern coast of North America, the West Indies, and the coasts of Europe and North Africa. Cartographically it is based on the previous maps produced by Hondius and Jansson, with a few notable improvements. The single Great Lake is replaced by a lake full of large islands and a complex system of waterways feeding the St. Lawrence River. There is a significant improvement in the delineation of the coastline between Chesapeake Bay and Long Island and in the north it shows Groenlandia separated by Meta Incognita. Penobscoi is named in present-day Maine for Penobscot Bay, and C. Cod is noted as well, in what becomes Massachusetts. The handsome chart is arrayed with rhumb lines radiating from a central compass rose, and the title and distance scale cartouches feature a Native American, several putti and a variety of indigenous animals.

References: Burden #290; Phillips (A) #5944 - Vol. V, #3.

Condition: B

Lovely old color on a sheet with some irregular toning and a few spots of foxing. There is a small hole in Corsica to the far right of the map, and a minor split just into the map at bottom has been repaired on the verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 2/20/2008