Auction 134, Lot 390

"Gronland so Weit es Bekant ist mit den Inseln Faeroer", Von Reilly, Franz

Subject: Greenland

Period: 1791 (circa)

Publication: Schauplatz Der Funf Theile Der Welt

Color: Hand Color

Size:
11 x 9 inches
27.9 x 22.9 cm

This interesting Austrian map is one of the few 18th century maps devoted to Greenland. Due to a general lack of knowledge of the region, detail in confined along the coastline, which is portrayed as mountainous with numerous fiords and islands. There are several 17th century errors including two spurious sea passages. A large inset shows the Faeroe Islands. A panel of text describes the country including a notation that it is not known if Greenland is an island or a peninsula off North America.

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Condition: A

There is some minor bleed through of the color on verso, else fine.

Estimate: $230 - $300

Sold for: $170

Closed on 12/1/2010

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