Auction 124, Lot 395

"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: Prevost's Histoire Generales des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

15 x 11.8 inches
38.1 x 30 cm

In 1752 the Danish scholar, Niels Horrebow, published an important book and map about Iceland. His map, based on the previously unpublished Knoff survey, was a major departure from previous maps based on Bishop Gudbrandur Thorlaksson's map of more than 150 years earlier. Thus, it marked a turning point in the cartography of Iceland. This is Bellin's version for Prevost's important work on voyages of exploration. The map locates villages and churches and graphically delineates the mountains, rivers, lakes and forests.


Condition: B+

Issued folding, now pressed. Binding trim at lower left has been extended to accommodate framing and a tiny binding tear into the neatline has been repaired.

Estimate: $375 - $450


Closed on 5/7/2008