Auction 144, Lot 148

"Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip.", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Arctic & Scandinavia

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

Size:
19.4 x 14.3 inches
49.3 x 36.3 cm

Ortelius based this influential map on the work of earlier authorities including Mercator, Zeno and Magnus. Of particular interest are the mythical islands of Brasil, Frisland, Drogeo, Icaria, and St. Brendan. Part of Mercator's imaginary polar continent is depicted with a Latin note that it is inhabited by pygmies. Iceland (Islant, Thule) is basically unchanged from Mercator´s map of Europe from 1554 with the shape originated by Zeno. Greenland is separated from Europe by a wide sea and a portion of North America appears in the upper left corner with the name Estotilant. The map is adorned with a variety of very inventive creatures including a half-man, half-sea creature playing a lute. This is the fourth state, with stippling added behind the lettering in the sea. French text on verso with page number 103.

References: Van den Broecke #160.4; Ginsberg #22; Burden #40.

Condition: A

Wide, original margins with all edges gilt and minor foxing confined to blank margins.

Estimate: $2,400 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 4/3/2013

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