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

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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 map 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 volcanoes in the interior. VAN DEN BROECKE: 161.
[Ref: 17303]    £10,000.00 ($12,800 • €11,450 rates)

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