Catalog Archive
Auction 193, Lot 389


"Europe. Islande. No 1 (bis)", Vandermaelen, Philippe Marie Guillaume

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1827 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel de Geographie Physique, Politique, Statistique et Mineralogique

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 18.8 inches
51.6 x 47.8 cm
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Vandermaelen was the son of a wealthy industrialist who abandoned his father's business to follow a career in cartography. His goal was to produce the first atlas ever published in which every map was drawn on the same projection and to the same scale (1: 1,641,836), with each map covering an area of approximately 20 degrees of longitude (from Paris) and 6 degrees of latitude. Because of the consistent scale and projection, the maps could be joined together to form a huge globe that would measure over 25 feet in diameter. Vandermaelen had the only known globe constructed from his maps, requiring a special room for its display. It was also the first lithographic atlas ever published. There was one edition of the atlas, published in 1825-27, and the subscription list shows that only 810 copies were sold. Koeman called his Atlas Universel, "One of the most remarkable world atlases ever made. Far ahead of its time."

This simple map of Iceland identifies towns, cities, glaciers, and rivers. Reykjavik, Hafnarfjordur, Akureyri, and Mt. Hekla are all located.


Condition: B+

The map has been remargined with old paper on all four sides. There is a 1" edge tear at bottom that has been closed with archival material on verso.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $50

Closed on 6/21/2023