IMPORTANT PROTOTYPE MAP OF THE NORTH POLE
Nova et Accvrata Poli Arctici...
16” x 20 3/4”. Original hand color. Excellent condition.
This attractive map of the arctic by Jansson would become the prototype of many later maps including the Blaeu (1638) and the Pitt (1680). The unknown northwest coast of America is conveniently hidden behind a decorative cartouche. Burden notes that the map has the unusual feature of “the attempt to show rhumb lines on a polar map, here the lines are curved to reflect a straight line path.”
Burden, The Mapping of North America, #250, state 4.
Inventory No. 7169