Auction 129, Lot 451

"Islandia", Kaerius, Petrus

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Langenes' Caert-thresoor

Color: Hand Color

5 x 3.4 inches
12.7 x 8.6 cm

Charming miniature version of Ortelius' map of Iceland that was based on the cartography of Bishop Gudbrandur Thorláksson. The island is depicted with its vast mountains and fiords and includes several settlements, many places of interest and the fiery eruption of Hekla. The moiré patterned sea has some of Ortelius' famous sea monsters both swimming and walking upon it. This is from the very rare first edition of Langenes miniature atlas. Dutch text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 80-82.

Condition: B+

Sharp impression and wide soiled margins that have some expert paper restoration at edges.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/23/2009