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ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The famous map of Iceland with sea monsters]
Islandia. Antwerp, 1603, Latin text edition. Old colour. 390 x 490mm. Wormholes in lower margin filled in, otherwise a fine example.
One of the most decorative maps ever published, well-known for its depiction of over a dozen exotic sea-monsters (with a key referring to a list on verso), polar bears on iceflows and the volcano Hekla in the interior. Ortelius based the cartography on a map by Gudbrandur Thorlaksson (1542-1627), Lutheran bishop of Hólar, which was the most accurate up to that time. However he augmented the map with the sea monsters from the woodcut 'Carta Marina' of Scandinavia by Olaus Magnus, 1539. Ortelius's version first appeared in an atlas in 1587, in the 'Additamentum IV', an appendix of new 22 maps not featured in the last full 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. VAN DEN BROECKE: 161.
[Ref: 17944]    £7,500.00 ($9,900 • €8,400 rates)

JANSSON, Jan. [A 17th century map of Iceland]
Tabula Islandiæ Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro. Amsterdam, c.1630, blank verso. Original colour. 380 x 500mm.
A fine map of Iceland, based on a map by Joris Carl (1601-25), a pilot from Enkhuizen. It is decorated with an ornate title cartouche, a pair of compass roses, a galleon and seamonsters. This map is one of the symbols of the intense rivalry between Jansson and Blaeu. Joris Carl's map was first engraved by Jodocus Hondius II (son of the firm's founder and Jansson's brother-in-law). When Jodocus died in 1629 many of his plates were sold to Willem Blaeu, who added his name to the plates and used them to publish his first atlas in 1630. Angered by the sale, Jansson had the Hondius plates slavishly copied. This plate, which only differs from Blaeu's by the lack of his name under the title, was first issued the same year. The lack of text on verso suggests this could be the first issue, from the 'Atlantis Maioris Appendix'. KOEMAN: Me 31a.
[Ref: 17310]    £900.00 ($1,188 • €1,008 rates)

DU VAL, Pierre. [17th Century French map of Iceland]
L'Islande. Paris, 1682. Original outline colour. 115 x 140mm.
Mp of Iceland, from Du Val's miniature atlas, 'Géographie Universelle'.
[Ref: 17496]    £340.00 ($449 • €381 rates)

MALLET, Alain Manesson. [17th century miniature view of Iceland]
Islande. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 145 x 110mm.
View of Iceland showing an eruptung Hekla Volcano, and whaling ships in the foreground. From Mallet's 'Description de l'Univers'.
[Ref: 17506]    £150.00 ($198 • €168 rates)

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