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Auction 181, Lot 33

"Les Deux Poles Arcticque ou Septentrional, et Antarcticque ou Meridional, ou Description des Terres Arcticques et Antarcticques...", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Polar

Period: 1657 (dated)

Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde

Color: Hand Color

21.1 x 15.3 inches
53.6 x 38.9 cm

The extent of polar explorations is the focus of this unusual map of the north and south poles. In the Northern Hemisphere, Greenland is depicted attached to the American continent, and three large islands comprise the Canadian Arctic. It is hinted that Terre de Yezo, ou Iesso takes up the entire North Pacific region between Buttons Bay and East Asia. In the Southern Hemisphere, the tip of South America is shown with the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. The balance of the map is filled with a large landmass labeled Terre Magellanicque, Australe, et Incogneue. Engraved by Jean Somer Pruthenus. This is the first state.

References: Kershaw #144, Pastoureau, SANSON V A #97.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on watermarked paper with light soiling and a couple short archivally repaired wormtracks in the title. The top margin has been extended with archival materials.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/10/2021