Auction 150, Lot 399

"Tabula Islandiae Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1642 (circa)

Publication: Toonneel des Aerdrycx, oft Nieuwe Atlas

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

This handsome copper engraved map of Iceland was based on information from a Dutch navigator named Joris Carolus in about 1620. The map shows the influence of both versions of Bishop Gudbrandur's previous maps, a coastline resembling the Ortelius version, and Mercator's selection and spelling of many place names. The island's topography is dominated by huge mountains and volcanoes and its shoreline is a rugged labyrinth of fiords. It is richly embellished with title and distance scale cartouches, compass roses, rhumb lines, a sailing ship and two sea monsters. The cartouche features two winged sprites, an important symbol in Icelandic and Norse mythology. Along with elves and dwarves, sprites were magical beings who aided the gods. The map was first issued by Jodocus Hondius and then re-issued by Willem Blaeu with his imprint. It became the prototype for the mapping of Iceland and its influence did not wane until the mid-18th century. Dutch text on verso, published between 1642-64.

References: IMCOS (Exploring Old Landscapes) pp. 8-9; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1250:2.2.

Condition: A

A dark impression with superb original color, minor printer's ink residue, and a few minute pinholes only visible when held to light.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/17/2014

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