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MERCATOR, G. - Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio
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Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio - MERCATOR, G.
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Title : Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio.
Map maker : MERCATOR, G..
Date : Amsterdam, 1611.
Size : 18.1 x 21.7 inches. / 46.0 x 55.0 cm.
Colouring : Original colour
Description :This influential map was the first separately printed map devoted to the Arctic. The hemisphere is surrounded by a floral design with four roundels in each corner.
These contain the title, the Faeroe Isles, the Shetland Isles, and the mythical island of Frisland, close to Iceland.
The North Pole is shown according to legend as a large rock in a giant whirlpool and surrounded by four islands separated by rivers. One of the islands is noted as being inhabited by pygmies. Magnetic north is depicted as a separate island rock just outside the polar mass.
In North America, there is a very early reference to California (California regio, sola fama Hispanis nota), curiously shown north of the El Streto de Anian. The map depicts the attempts of Frobisher and Davis to locate the northern passages to Asia. This is the second state of the plate with updates in the region north of Russia including undefined coastlines to one of the islands surrounding the pole and Nova Zemla.
French text on verso. ¤
Burden #88; Kershaw #23d.
Condition : Strong impression with wide original margins and old colour. Several areas of loss along centerfold, professionally repaired and reinforced but with areas of loss (refer to image). 6mm hole in bottom margin well away from printed area.
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