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Mercator's Islandia

Place/Date: Amsterdam / 1595
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Title: Islandia
Dimensions
43 x 28 cm (16.9 x 10.9 in)
Identifier
NL-00156
Coloring
Hand color
Condition Rating
VG

Description

This important map first appeared in the 1595 edition of Mercator’s Atlas. It is similar to Ortelius’ map of Iceland (issued five years earlier) and is based on the same source – that of Bishop Gudbrandur Thorláksson. Although the map is far from accurate, it is a marked improvement on earlier maps in both content and execution. The island is depicted with its vast mountains, glaciers, and fiords and the eruption in Hekla. Many places of interest are named, and the settlements are fairly well located.

The map is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche, a sea monster, and a distance scale topped with dividers.

Latin text on verso.

Cartographer(s)

Condition Description

On a watermarked sheet with a worm track in the top border and a few tiny centerfold separations all closed on verso with archival material. Minor soiling along the centerfold.

References

Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1250:1A.

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