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 Polar Maps 

HONDIUS, Jodocus. [Mercator's North Pole from the 'Atlas Minor']
Polus Arcticus cum vicinis regionibus. Amsterdam, 1610, Latin text edition. Coloured. 135 x 185mm.
A reduction of Mercator's famous map of the Arctic, first published in the 'Atlas Minor' of 1607. The three roundel inset maps show the Faroe Islands, the Shetlands and the mythical island of Frisland. In 1621 the printing plate was sold to a London publisher, who republished it in 'Purchas His Pilgrimies'. Later Dutch editions used new plates by Jansson.
[Ref: 18284]    £525.00 ($667 • €595 rates)

BERTIUS, Petrus. [Arctic]
[Regiones Hyperboreæ.] Amsterdam, Jodocus Hondius jnr, 1616. 95 x 120mm.
The Arctic Circle, published in Hondius's revised version of Bertius's 'Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum', probably engraved by Hondius himself. It is derived from Mercator's folio map of 1585 (the 1606 state with Nova Zembla now a single, incomplete island), but has new borders of arctic animals rather than roundel maps. BURDEN: 184; KOEMAN: Lan 11a.
[Ref: 10130]    £420.00 ($534 • €476 rates)

MERCATOR, Gerard. [Mercator's famous map of the Arctic]
Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, 1628. French text edition. Old colour. 365 x 390mm. Repairs at centre fold.
The first map of the Arctic Circle, with both the North Pole and Magnetic North depicted as rocky islands. Mercator has included the latest voyages in search of the North West and North East Passages, marking the discoveries of Frobisher and Davis around Greenland. Within the roundels of the decorative borders are maps of the Shetlands, Faeroes and the mythical island of Friesland. This second state (post-1606) improves the outline of Nova Zembla, making it one island, and has one of the polar islands receding to allow the inclusion of Spitzbergen. A classic decorative map. BURDEN: 88; KOEMAN: Me 23A.
[Ref: 18939]    £2,400.00 ($3,050 • €2,722 rates)

BLAEU, Johannes. [A map of the early exploration of the Arctic Circle]
Regiones sub Polo Arctico. Amsterdam, c.1645, French text edition. Fine original colour. 410 x 630mm.
The Arctic Circle, showing European attempts to find the North West and North East Passages. In Arctic America the preponderance of English names shows the importance of the English explorers in the region, trying to circumvent the Spanish control of routes to the East Indies. On Greenland the entrance to 'M. Forbischers Straet' is marked and in Arctic Russia the names are those given by the Dutch explorers such as Berentz. At the top of the map is a title cartouche depicting wind-heads, a European explorer with a brazier on his lap and a white cannibal, and a scale cartouche with hunters and a polar bear. The European is Henry Hudson, whose explorations in Hudson's Bay (which he called 'a labyrinth without end') ended in 1611 when he was forced into a small boat and cast adrift by a mutinous crew. He was never seen again and it is assumed that his crew would have turned to eating each other to survive. This is an example of the second state of the map, with the dedication added c.1645. It is a direct copy of Jansson's map, but it is interesting that the engraver copied the Baltic Sea's name but not the coastline! BURDEN: 252.
[Ref: 18265]    £1,100.00 ($1,398 • €1,247 rates)

PITT, Moses. [The only original map in Pitt's 'English Atlas']
A Map of the North-Pole and the Parts Adjoining. Oxford: Moses Pitt, 1680. Coloured. 460 x 590mm. A few small repairs, pinholes in crest.
A scarce map of the Arctic Circle, with the title on a curtain, with portraits of Lapplanders and a whaling scene. On the map the mythical island of Frisland is marked, as is a strait through Greenland, placed there instead of Canada by Martin Frobisher, who had been confused by the non-existence of Frisland. Further west the discoveries of the English explorers looking for the North West Passage are shown. Bottom left are the arms of Charles FitzCharles (1657-80), the son of Charles II, which consists of his father's arms with a baton sinister vair overall, signifying illegitimacy. He died of dysentery defending Tangier, which had been part of his father's dowry when marrying the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza in 1662.
[Ref: 17805]    £4,500.00 ($5,720 • €5,103 rates)

MOORE, Jonas. [Seventeenth century map of the South Pole]
South Pole. London, Robert Scott, 1681. 175 x 215mm.
A scarce map of The South Pole, with New Zealand shown as part of the 'Terra Australis Incognita'. Published in 'Moore's ''A new Geography with the maps to each Country and Tables of Longitude & Latitiude'.
[Ref: 16801]    £650.00 ($826 • €737 rates)

MULLER, Johann Ulrich. [Uncommon Miniature Map of Arctic]
[Die Nord=Pol-Lander...] Ulm, 1692. 70 x 80mm, set in text.
Charming miniature map, with a letterpress text in German.
[Ref: 8946]    £180.00 ($229 • €204 rates)

HEYDT. Johann Wolfgang. [Unusual map of the northern Atlantic Ocean]
[North Atlantic] Nuremberg, 1744. 240 x 275mm.
Map of the North Atlantic, with Nova Scotia, Greenland, Scandinavia, Iceland and Northern Europe. Over Greenland is a vignette of hunting polar bears with dogs. From Heydt's 'Allerneuster geographisch- und topographischer Schau-Platz von Africa und Ost-Indien'. Johann Wolfgang Heydt was a German who joined the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in 1733, leaving for the east that year. He spend over two year in Sri Lanka before moving to Batavia. However he was allowed to resign for health reasons in 1740, after which he returned to Germany. He produced this book four years later, engraving his sketches himself.
[Ref: 17789]    £680.00 ($864 • €771 rates)

KEIZER, Jacob. [The North Pole, with California as an Island]
De Noord Pool. De Eilanden van Sangir Sjauw en Pagasare. Amsterdam: Jan de Lat, c.1747. Original outline colour. 190 x 280mm.
A scarce Dutch map with the North Pole featuring California as an Island. The inset map shows the volcanic islands of the Sangihe Archipelago in Indonesia
[Ref: 17249]    £300.00 ($381 • €340 rates)

BUFFON, George Louis le Clerc. [Rare Dutch Edition of Buffon's Map of the Magnetic Poles.]
Carte Magnétique des Deux Hemisphères. Amsterdam: J.H. Schneider, 1775. Original colour. 485 x 940mm. Binding folds flattened as usual.
A double-hemisphere world map designed to display magnetic variation, so centred on the North and South Poles. Buffon has given the position of the supposed magnetic north as being in Canada, to the north of Hudson's Bay and east of Baffin's Bay. Published in the Dutch edition of Buffon's 'Histoire Naturelle', in the mineralogy volumes. As this section was not as popular as the bird volumes it is believed that only 250 copies of this edition were printed.
[Ref: 7527]    £600.00 ($763 • €680 rates)

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