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Auction 164, Lot 448

"A Map of Old Greenland or Oster Bygd & Wester Bygd... [on sheet with] A Map of the Islands of Ferro or Farro... [and] A Draught of the Whirlpool... [and] An Improved Map of Iceland", Bowen, Emanuel

Subject: North Atlantic

Period: 1747 (circa)

Publication: A Complete System of Geography

Color: Black & White

9 x 12.7 inches
22.9 x 32.3 cm

This attractive copper engraving includes four maps of islands in the North Atlantic on one sheet. Of particular interest is the depiction of a spurious "whirlpool" off the southern coast of Suouroy Island (Faroe Islands), which is also depicted in the map of the Faroe Islands at lower left. Hekla is depicted as an active volcano in the map of Iceland, and a note in the map of Greenland indicates "the coast is dangerous of access, because of floating and fixed mountains of ice."

References: McCorkle (18th C. Geography Books) #17-41 (Vol II); Shirley (BL Atlases) T.BOW-2a #71.

Condition: A

A strong impression with a tiny hole along the neatline at left and a few faint damp stains confined to the sheet edges.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/13/2017