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Auction 89, Lot 29

"Poli Arctici",

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1639-49 (published)

Publication: Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 17 inches
49.5 x 43.2 cm
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Hondius' important map of the polar region which replaced Mercator's polar map and incorporated much of the knowledge gained by the English in their search for a Northwest Passage to Asia. The cartography is based on Henry Briggs depiction of Hudson Bay. There are several Dutch names in Labrador, many appearing for the first time on this map. The fascinating whaling scenes which surround the map also depict Dutch activity in the region. Strapwork title cartouche and a second blank cartouche. Third state of the plate, the first to include the whaling scenes. From a French edition with the page number B on verso. Ref: Burden #246. Original color with very slight oxidation of the green. Minor toning throughout and light damp stains in margins. $1600 RESERVE


Condition: A

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,300

Sold for: $2,750

Closed on 12/8/1999