Auction 127, Lot 445

"Islandia", Ortelius/Vrients

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Epitome theatri orbis terrarum

Color: Hand Color

4.7 x 3.4 inches
11.9 x 8.6 cm

Charming miniature map of Iceland based on Ortelius' important map of the island. Major cities are named and the sea is stipple engraved. Strapwork title cartouche at lower right. The map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Jan B. Vrients. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 86-87.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $140

Closed on 2/25/2009