"Polo Settentrionale, o Boreale, et Artico", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Subject: North Pole
Period: 1695 (circa)
Publication: Corso Geographico Universale
Color: Black & White
14.6 x 14.6 inches
37.1 x 37.1 cm
North polar calotte depicting the Arctic north of the 70th degree latitude with a 7-line description around the North Pole. Notations are included to identify the discoveries of several Arctic explorers in Baffin's Bay, Davis Straight, Greenland, Spitzberg and Nova Zembla. The sheet is beautifully engraved with fascinating scenes of men hunting sea monsters and various animals. Coronelli is well known for making a concerted effort to delineate only verified discoveries and this map is a perfect example of his careful cartography.
See also lot 831 for Kenneth Kershaw's reference work, Early Printed Maps of Canada, which discusses this map.
References: Kershaw #169.
A nice impression on a bright sheet with a number of worm holes and worm tracks in the image that have been professionally repaired, with a small amount of the image replaced in facsimile and minor loss of a few place names around Novaya Zemlya. Additional worm holes in the blank margins and large chips in the top corners of the sheet have also been professionally repaired. Despite the repairs, the map presents itself very well.