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Auction 91, Lot 49

"Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio",

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1623 (published)


Color: Hand Color

15.2 x 14.2 inches
38.6 x 36.1 cm
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Second state of the first map devoted to the Arctic. The hemisphere is surrounded by a floral design with four roundels in each corner. These contain the title, the Faeroe Isles, the Shetland Isles, and the mythical island of Frisland. The North Pole is shown according to legend as a large rock in a giant whirlpool. It is surrounded by four islands that are separated by rivers. California is identified as Spanish territory and "El streto de Anian" is clearly shown. The map depicts the attempts of Frobisher and Davis to locate the northern passages to Asia. Ref: Burden #88. Original color. Margins have been trimmed to within 1" of neatline. Paper has been replaced in bottom margin. Professionally backed with Japanese tissue to repair tear extending into bottom of map near the title roundel. $1,700 RESERVE


Condition: B

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 6/14/2000