"Carte de l'Islande, pour Servir a la Continuation de l'Histoire Generale des Voyages...", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
Period: 1780 (circa)
Publication: La Harpe's Histoire Generale des Voyages
Color: Hand Color
14.9 x 11.9 inches
37.8 x 30.2 cm
In 1752 the Danish scholar, Niels Horrebow, published an important book and map about Iceland. His map, based on the previously unpublished Knoff survey, was a major departure from previous maps based on Bishop Gudbrandur Thorlaksson's map of more than 150 years earlier. Thus, it marked a turning point in the cartography of Iceland. This is Bellin's version for Prevost's important work on voyages of exploration. The map locates villages and churches and graphically delineates the mountains, rivers, lakes and forests. A note at bottom left explains that there are only two Episcopalian villages on the island, which are so marked, and that the term "village" on this map simply identifies a location where commerce occurs when "the Danish negotiators arrive on the island."
A crisp impression on a bright, watermarked sheet, issued folding with minor offsetting and small remnants of hinge tape on verso. The left margin has been extended with old paper and a short binding tear at left has been professionally repaired.