Auction 127, Lot 488

"Vera Delineatio Totius Tractus ex Hollandia Septentrionem versus per Fretrum Nassovicum, ad Fluvium Oby Ducentes, ex Annotatione Iohannis Hugouis Lintschottani, de Annis 1594 et 1595", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Arctic, Scandinavia

Period: 1613 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.3 x 5.5 inches
33.8 x 14 cm

This handsome, boldly engraved map is derived from Linschoten's important chart depicting the discoveries of Barent's first and second voyages to the Arctic in search of a northeast passage to Asia. The map provides excellent information on the northern coastline of Scandinavia to the west coast of Novaya Zemlya. It is richly adorned with compass roses, ships, coats of arms, seals, and sea monsters. It was either published in Theodore de Bry's Petits Voyages or Levinus Husius' translation of de Bry; both were apparently printed from the same copperplate.

References: Ginsberg #49.2.

Condition: A+

A very fine impression that has been trimmed nearly to the neatline and mounted on a thick sheet of hand-laid paper. This was done either for a rebinding or for inclusion in a composite atlas, a common practice in the eighteenth century.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $700

Closed on 2/25/2009