"Nova Zembla", Orlers, Jan Jansz.
Subject: Novaya Zemlya, Russia
Period: 1625 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
12.4 x 8.8 inches
31.5 x 22.4 cm
Around 1600 a Dutch expedition, under the command of Willem Barentz, set out to find a sea passage to the East Indies along the north coast of Russia. The ships were caught in the ice and the crew was forced to use the ship's materials to build a cabin on the island of Novaya Zemlya where they stayed until the next spring. This sheet, consisting of four scenes, depicts events of this famous expedition; the breakup of their ship in the icepack, the crew being attacked by polar bears, hunting polar bears, and the crew trying to recover their goods from the trapped ship.
Fine except for some minor stains in the top margin, well away from the image.