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Records: 1 to 7 of 7
  EUROPE 
 Iceland 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The famous sea-monster map of Iceland]
Islandia. Antwerp, 1595, Latin text edition. Old colour, refreshed. 390 x 490mm. A very fine example, with wide margins.
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 22 new maps not featured in the last full 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. VAN DEN BROECKE: 161.
[Ref: 19177]    £8,000.00 ($10,168 • €9,072 rates)


BERTIUS, Petrus. [Early 17th century miniature map of Iceland]
Islandia. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius II, 1616, Latin text edition. Coloured. 90 x 130mm. Small hole in upper margin repaired.
A miniature map of Iceland, with the volcano Hekkla shown erupting. This is an example of the second plate, engraved by Jodocus Hondius Jnr, with longitude and latitude scales in the borders.
[Ref: 19388]    £330.00 ($419 • €374 rates)


CLOPPENBURG, Johannes. [17th century map of Iceland]
Islandia. Amsterdam, 1630, French text edition. First Edition. 190 x 260mm.
This is the reduced version of Mercator's map of Iceland. Its cartography is based on the work of Icelandic bishop, cartographer, and mathematician Gudbrandur Thorlaksson. It features many place names, lakes, rivers, mountains, glaciers, and fiords. Mount Hekla is shown in the midst of a fiery eruption. A strapwork cartouche at bottom left contains the title, another decorative cartouche in the opposite corner includes the distance scale, and a sea monster at top right completes the composition. Engraved by Pieter van den Keere and published in Cloppenburg's version of the Mercator 'Atlas Minor', KOEMAN: Me 198.
[Ref: 18811]    £450.00 ($572 • €510 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [Blaeu's classic 17th century map of Iceland]
Tabula Islandiæ Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro. Amsterdam, 1635, Latin text edition. Original colour. 380 x 500mm.
A very fine example of this highly decorative map Iceland after Joris Carl (1601-25), a pilot from Enkhuizen, first published by Blaeu in 1630. Hekla is shown erupting.
[Ref: 19404]    £1,100.00 ($1,398 • €1,247 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 ($1,144 • €1,021 rates)


ZATTA, Antonio. [18th century Italian map of Iceland]
L'Isola d'Islanda Divisa Ne Suoi Distretti Di nuova Projezione. Venice, 1781. Original colour. 330 x 410mm.
A finely engraved map of Iceland, with a decorative title cartouche to the bottom right hand corner illustrating a rural scene. Published in Zatta's 'Atlante Novissimo'
[Ref: 17689]    £400.00 ($508 • €454 rates)


REILLY, Franz Johann Joseph von. [A scarce Viennese eighteenth century map of Iceland]
Die Insel Island Nro. 76 Vienna, 1789. Coloured. 245 x 295mm.
Von Reilly map of Iceland based on the unpublished Knoff survey. The map shows the mountains, rivers, lakes and forests and is embellished with a decorative title cartouche and several lines of text.
[Ref: 19127]    £425.00 ($540 • €482 rates)


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