Auction 96, Lot 253

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

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 15 inches
49.8 x 38.1 cm

Decorative early map of Iceland with numerous embellishments including tall mountains and volcanoes filling the island, two compass roses, sea creatures, a sailing ship and fine title and scale of miles cartouches. This map has a rich cartographic history, originated by Joris Carolus, a Dutch sailor, who based it largely on the work of Bishop Gudbarndu Thorlaksson. It was first issued by Jodocus Hondius and then re-issued by Willem Blaeu with his imprint. It became the prototype for the mapping of Iceland and its influence did not wane until the mid-18th century.


Condition: B

Attractive original color. Trimmed nearly to neatline, else very good.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/12/2001