Auction 137, Lot 67

The first map to focus solely on the South Pole

"Descriptio Terrae Subaustralis", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: South Pole

Period: 1616 (circa)

Publication: Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum

Color: Hand Color

5.3 x 4 inches
13.5 x 10.2 cm

This fine miniature map depicts the huge continent, labeled Magallanica sive Terra Australis Incognita, incorporating Terra del fuogo, Psittacorum Regio, Promontorium terrae australis, and Beach Provinca. The continent is nearly joined with New Guinea and the Salomon Islands. A small ship, sea monster and two compass roses decorate the tiny map. The title page to the atlas is on verso.

References: King, p. 83; Tooley MCC (Early Antarctica) #12.

Condition: A

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/14/2011