Auction 129, Lot 52

"Facies Poli Antarctici ex recentissimis itinerariis descripta", Weigel, Christopher

Subject: South Pole

Period: 1724 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Manualis Scholast…

Color: Hand Color

14 x 12.5 inches
35.6 x 31.8 cm

This uncommon polar chart of the Antarctic depicts a huge Terra Incognita Australis and includes Tierra del Fuego, the Strait of Magellan and the tip of South America. This misconception of the great southern continent persisted since the earliest printed maps. As trading and exploration penetrated further south in the latter part of the 17th century, this conception was gradually whittled away. However, it did not entirely die out, and was revived by a number of cartographers in the early eighteenth century including Chatelain, Jaillot and Weigel.


Condition: A

Nice impression and original color with some toning and edge tears in blank margins.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $230

Closed on 9/23/2009