Auction 125, Lot 53

"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

Size:
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.

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Condition: A

A nice impression on a sheet with a chip in the upper left margin corner, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/24/2008

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