Auction 96, Lot 51

"Nova et Accurata Poli Arctici et Terrarum Circum Iacentium Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.8 x 16.1 inches
52.8 x 40.9 cm

Beautiful map that became the prototype for north polar projections for many later maps. Rhumb lines radiate from the North Pole and several compass roses embellish the chart. A large title cartouche, with two figures and numerous wind heads, conveniently hide the northwest coast of America. The map is further decorated with ships and a cartouche, with Jansson’s imprint, which depicts men in parkas, a polar bear and foxes.

References: Burden #250; Kershaw #110.

Condition: A

A few tiny spots of foxing, but overall very good. German text on verso with faint show-through.

Estimate: $950 - $1,000

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/12/2001