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Auction 195, Lot 117

"Estotilandia et Laboratoris Terra", Wytfliet, Cornelis

Subject: Eastern Canada & Greenland

Period: 1597 (published)

Publication: Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum

Color: Black & White

11.5 x 9.1 inches
29.2 x 23.1 cm
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This fascinating map is from the first printed atlas relating exclusively to America. It is an important and influential map depicting the first detailed record of the discoveries of Davis and Frobisher in their search for the Northwest Passage. Centered on the Davis Strait, the map depicts much of Greenland, Labrador, Iceland as well as the mythical island of Frisland. While both Frisland and Estotiland appeared on Mercator’s 1569 map, this is the first map to focus specifically on these locations. Frisland is remarkably detailed, with eleven settlements clearly marked. Other interesting features include the mysterious R. de Tormenta and a furious over fall emptying into the Davis Strait, which is the first indication of Hudson Strait and is thought to have inspired Hudson in his search for a Northwest Passage at this location. Adorned by a decorative title cartouche and stippled sea.

References: Burden #101; Kershaw #40.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a bright sheet with a small coat of arms watermark and light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $800

Closed on 11/15/2023