Auction 124, Lot 32

"Regionum Circum Polarium Lapponiae Islandiae et Groenlandiae Novae et Veteris Nova Descriptio Geographica", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1701 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.6 x 9 inches
34.5 x 22.9 cm

This captivating map of the North Pole is a visual delight. The map itself presents typical cartography for the period, leaving open the possibility of both a northeast and northwest navigable passage to the Far East. The map is literally filled with images of sea monsters, whaling, hunting and exploration. The title cartouche is engraved onto a polar bear hide that is displayed by two hunters, and at right is a lively vignette of a Laplander market.

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Condition: A

Lovely example with attractive color. Margins slightly trimmed, but still ample.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Sold for: $650

Closed on 5/7/2008

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