Catalog Archive
Auction 181, Lot 389

"Island", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1607 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Black & White

7.4 x 5.2 inches
18.8 x 13.2 cm

Delightful small map of Iceland, which is shown filled with mountains including the volcanic Hekla. The sea is stipple engraved and includes a spouting sea monster. Delicately engraved strapwork title and distance scale cartouches adorn the map. Latin text on verso, published in the first edition of the Atlas Minor.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #1250:351.

Condition: A

A dark engraving with a light dampstain that just passes the neatline at top and light scattered foxing that is almost entirely confined to the blank margins. There is an old, faded stamp in the bottom right corner of the sheet.

Estimate: $190 - $220

Sold for: $140

Closed on 2/10/2021