Auction 148, Lot 494

"Delineatio Spitsbergiae", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: Spitsbergen, Arctic

Period: 1618 (published)

Publication: Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum…

Color: Hand Color

5.3 x 3.8 inches
13.5 x 9.7 cm

A small and very early map of the island showing just a small part of the western coastline from Point Loockhoute to Ysfe Caep. It is beautifully engraved with two sailing ships, a raft of penguins, a compass rose and a strapwork title cartouche. French text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 96-99; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #1260:342.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with light show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/19/2014