Auction 148, Lot 44

"La Description des Hyperborees", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1618 (published)

Publication: Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum…

Color: Black & White

4.8 x 3.9 inches
12.2 x 9.9 cm

This captivating miniature map of the North Pole is based on Gerard Mercator's map published in 1595. It depicts the region between the pole and the Arctic Circle with both the North Pole and the magnetic pole shown as rocky islands. The pole is surrounded by 'in-drawing seas' between four huge islands. Four scenes of Arctic wildlife fill the corners of the engraving, including a reindeer, fox, walrus, whale, and polar bears. French title page on verso.

References: Burden #184; King (2nd ed.) pp. 96-99; Koeman (Vol. III) #0020:342.

Condition: A

A fine impression with a light stain at left, some printer's ink residue in bottom blank margin, and light text show-through.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 2/19/2014