Catalog Archive
Auction 188, Lot 39

"Septentrionalium Terrarum Descript.", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1651 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Black & White

7.9 x 5.7 inches
20.1 x 14.5 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

This is the first state of this small map of the North Pole that was first issued in 1628. Jansson's map for the Mercator Atlas Minor does not follow Mercator, but used the knowledge of the many recent exploratory voyages that attempted to locate a northern route to Asia. Several fictitious islands, including Frisland, appear in the North Atlantic. It is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche. German text on verso.

References: Burden #222; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #0020:352.1.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a bright sheet of watermarked paper with a minor crease at bottom right, light show-through of text on verso, and small remnants of paper tape in the top corners on verso.

Estimate: $220 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 6/22/2022