"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: Black & White
13.5 x 9 inches
34.3 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 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 the hide of a polar bear held by two hunters, and at right is a vignette of the people of Lapland.
A nice impression on a sheet with a chip in the upper left margin corner, not affecting the map.