Auction 146, Lot 62

"Regionum Circum Polarium Lapponiae Islandiae et Groenlandiae Novae et Veteris Nova Descriptio Geographica", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: North Pole & North Atlantic

Period: 1701 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.6 x 9 inches
34.5 x 22.9 cm

This captivating map of the North Pole is a visual delight. The map itself presents typical cartography for the period, leaving open the possibility of both Northeast and Northwest Passages to the Far East. The map is literally filled with images of sea monsters, whaling, hunting, and exploration. The title cartouche is engraved onto the hide of a polar bear held by two hunters, and at right is a vignette of the people of Lapland.

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Condition: B+

A dark impression with professional repairs to a short centerfold separation at bottom and a 1/4" hole just below the north pole.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/4/2013

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