Auction 123, Lot 65

"Septentrionalium Terrarum Descript.", Jansson, Jan

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1628 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

8 x 6 inches
20.3 x 15.2 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 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. Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #222.

Condition: B+

Lightly toned with a few tiny spots in map and some repairs in blank margins, not affecting map.

Estimate: $325 - $375

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/20/2008