Auction 139, Lot 424

"Orcadum et Schetlandiae Insularum Accuratissima Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland

Period: 1645 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 15 inches
49 x 38.1 cm

This scarce map of Scotland's northern archipelagos presents the Orkney Islands at left and the Shetland Islands at right. The seas are filled with fishing boats and sailings ships and fish stringers are suspended from the title cartouche attesting to the rich fishing grounds of the region. A note near the distance scale cartouche notes that the Dutch annual herring harvest supplies all of Europe. The map is further adorned with the royal coat of arms of Scotland. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B+

Professionally repaired centerfold separations that enter 1/2" into map image at top and bottom, and a 1" tear in unengraved area of map adjacent to centerfold towards bottom with a few tiny holes that have all been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/15/2012