Mercator-Hondius

1608

Miniature version of Mercator's Iceland

Island. Islandia. Iceland.

DESCRIPTION: Original antique map of Iceland from the French-text edition of Jodocus Hondius' Atlas Minor, published from Amsterdam.

Decorative title cartouche with title "Island" and a different title "Islandia" above. Page 27. French text on verso.

A fine smaller version of Mercator's earlier and larger map of Iceland based on the cartography of the Bishop of Hólar, Gudbrandur Thorláksson. Thorlaksson (1541-1627) is credited with producing the first somewhat accurate map of Iceland, published in 1590 by Abraham Ortelius in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

A spouting sea creature is shown in the sea at upper right, while ashore Mount Hekla "Hekla Mons" is shown erupting with massive flames and boulders. Partly legible notation at Mount Hekla appears to read "perpetus" suggests the vocano erupted constantly at the time.

CREATOR: Mercator-Hondius

PUBLICATION DATE: 1608

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Iceland

BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Very good.  On medium-weight laid paper. A few tiny spots. Small age toning.

COLORING: N/A

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 7 " x 5 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 77

PRICE: $350


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