Auction 123, Lot 456

"Carte de l'Islande pour Servir a la Continuation de l'Histoire Generale des Voyages. Dressee sur celle de M. Horrebows", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1760 (circa)

Publication: Histoire Generales des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

Size:
15 x 11.8 inches
38.1 x 30 cm

A striking map of Iceland filled with detail, including Mt. Hekla, many cities and towns, and charming pictorial topography. The mountain ranges are all described as jokul (a mountain covered with ice and snow), and two churches are shown on the island. The cartography is based on that from Niels Horrobows' 1752 travel book of Iceland, itself based on an unpublished Danish map of the island by Thomas Hans Henrik Knoff.

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Condition: A

A nice example with delicate color, issued folding, now flattened. The right binding trim leaves a 1/8" margin, still sufficient for framing.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $375

Closed on 2/20/2008

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