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Auction 146, Lot 385

"Carte du Nord Est & du Nord West du Pole", Bernard, Jean Frederic

Subject: Arctic

Period: 1717 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 13 inches
57.2 x 33 cm
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Copper engraved map of the Arctic showing the three-island version of Greenland, and Nova Zembla as an island. The mythical island of Freesland, with several place names, is shown off the southwest coast of Greenland. This map is derived from Moses Pitt's map of the Arctic that was reduced by Robinson in 1694. First published in his Recueil de Voyages au Nord 1717, this example is the second state without a page number. Two place names in Iceland, Papei and Sneland, also suggest a relation with a map by Pierre Duval that accompanied a book about Iceland by La Peyrere, who also wrote a history of Greenland. Embellished with four compass roses and a title cartouche.

References: Kershaw #123.

Condition: A

Issued folding, now pressed with binding trims at left that have been professionally replaced to accommodate framing and light soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/4/2013