1606 Bertius & Langenes - Descriptio Islandiae

SOLD: Exceptional 1606 miniature map of Iceland

Title:

Descriptio Islandiae

Map maker:

P. Bertius & B. Langenes, Cornelis Claes

Place and Year:

Amsterdam, 1606

Dimensions:

8.5 x 12.2 cm (3.3 x 4.8 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Uncolored

Condition Rating:

VG+

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DETAILS

A rare miniature map of Iceland. Extremely well-engraved, with two sea monsters and erupting Mt. Hekla.

First published in 1598 in his Caert-Thresoor, the plates were executed by the most famous engravers in Amsterdam, including Petrus Kaerius and Jodocus Hondius I. The atlas set a new standard for minor atlases.

The map reflects the high level of cartography in Amsterdam at the turn of the century, where up to date information on newly discovered regions was readily available -- Koeman.

CONDITION NOTES

Very fine condition. Dark impression.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00237

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