"Polus Arcticus [on sheet with] Polus Antarcticus", Aa, Pieter van der
Period: 1700 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
8.2 x 12.6 inches
20.8 x 32 cm
An unusual vertical orientation makes this an interesting map of the polar regions. The South Pole shows Tierra del Fuego as the only land, and the North Pole includes a portion of the coastline of fictional Anian, with a well-developed Arctic for the period. Novaya Zemla is shown with a partial coastline. Billowing clouds and vigorous wind heads surround the spheres with ribbon title banners completing the interesting composition.