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Auction 190, Lot 318

"Tabula Islandiae Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1633 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 15 inches
49.3 x 38.1 cm
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This handsome copper engraved map of Iceland was based on information from a Dutch navigator named Joris Carolus in about 1620. The map shows the influence of both versions of Bishop Gudbrandur's previous maps, a coastline resembling the Ortelius version, and Mercator's selection and spelling of many place names. The island's topography is dominated by huge mountains and volcanoes and its shoreline is a rugged labyrinth of fiords. It is richly embellished with title and distance scale cartouches, compass roses, rhumb lines, a sailing ship, and two sea monsters. The cartouche features two winged sprites, an important symbol in Icelandic and Norse mythology. Along with elves and dwarfs, sprites were magical beings who aided the gods. The map was first issued by Jodocus Hondius and later re-issued by Willem Blaeu. This map became the prototype for the mapping of Iceland and its influence did not wane until the mid-18th century. This is the first state without a publisher's imprint. German text on verso, published in either Atlas (1633) or Newer Atlas (1636).

References: IMCOS (Exploring Old Landscapes) pp. 8-9; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1250:1B.1.

Condition: A

A sharp impression with contemporary color.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 11/16/2022