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Auction 130, Lot 398

"Tabula Islandiae Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm
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Fabulous engraved map of Iceland with numerous embellishments. The island is filled with tall mountains and volcanoes, two compass roses, sea creatures, a sailing ship, and fine title and scale of miles cartouches. Originated by Joris Carolus, a Dutch sailor, who based it largely on the work of Bishop Gudbarndu Thorlaksson, the map enjoys a rich cartographic history. It was first issued by Jodocus Hondius and then re-issued by Willem Blaeu with his imprint. It became the prototype for the mapping of Iceland and its influence did not wane until the mid-18th century. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

Lovely impression and color with minor toning and a short fold separation in the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300


Closed on 12/2/2009