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[The famous map of Iceland with sea monsters, in superb original colour]

image of Islandia.


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ORTELIUS, Abraham.
Islandia. Antwerp, 1598, French text edition. Fine original colour. 390 x 490mm. Old ink mss. changing pagination from 103 to 104 (both numbers used in this edition according to van den Broecke).
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 the 'Additamentum IV', an appendix of new 22 maps not featured in the last full 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum', 1587. This example was printed eight years later. VAN DEN BROECKE: 161.
[Ref: 17303]