1606 Mercator Hondius Map of the Arctic (First Map of the North Pole)


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Title:    Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio.



Date:    1606 (undated)

Source:    Mercator, G. and Hondius, J, Atlas, 1606.

References:    Taylor, E.G.R. (1956). "A Letter Dated 1577 from Mercator to John Dee", Imago Mundi 13: 5668. Van der Krogt, P. C. J., Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 0020:1A. Burden, P., The Mapping of North America: A List of Printed Maps, 1511-1670, 88. Verner, Coolie and Stuart-Stubbs, B., The North Part of America, p. 142-187. National Library of Australia, 1628 MAP RM 150. Ginsberg, William B., Printed Maps of Scandinavia and the Arctic, 1482-1601, 33.3. Kershaw, K., Early Printed Maps of Canada, 23C. Costa, B. F., "Arctic Exploration", Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York, Vol 12, p. 159-192. Pool, J., "Spitsbergen: Early Exploration and Mapping", IMCOS Journal, vol 121, 35-42.

Size:   Printed area measures 16 x 15 inches (40.64 x 38.1 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Wide margins (3 - 4 inches) all aroun. Small chip from upper margin. Original centerfold. Another minor crease running parallel with the centerfold about 1 inch to its right. Original color. Else clean. Text on verso.

Code:   NorthPole-mercator-1606 (Necessary for phone inquiries: 646-320-8650)




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