Auction 170, Lot 55

"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

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.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SHER-1a #80.

Condition: A

A clean, bright example with a few spots of printer's ink residue and minor archival repairs confined to the top blank margin.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $450

Closed on 11/14/2018