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Lot 208: ABRAHAM ORTELIUS: «Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip», 1570 | Beautiful handcoloured first state map

Est: kr35,000 NOK - kr45,000 NOKSold:
SD | AuctionsJune 15, 2024Oslo, Norway

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Description

THE PROTOTYPE MAP FOR THE MYTH OF THE NORTH - THE FIRST ISSUE ”A” – FIRST EDITION
THE VERY FIRST ISSUE OF A MILESTONE MAP OF SCANDINAVA THE ATLANTIC , AND THE NORTH.
        
ABRAHAM ORTELIUS

Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip.
Hand-coloured engraving, 36x49cm

In 1570 Abraham Ortelius published his atlas ”Theatrum Orbis Terrarum”, the first atlas in the modern sense of the word. Among the fifty-three maps was a general map of the Northern Regions. In the ”Septentrionalium”  Ortelius gathered and melted together cartographical material and information from Nicolaus Donis, Jacob Ziegler, Olaus Magnus, Nicolo Zeno and others. The impressive map became the standard map of the region for the next 40 years. It was printed from the same copperplate until as late as 1641. The printing process and alterations to the plate can be followed during the different 8 states according to Ginsberg.

Already the first year of publication 1570 the atlas went through four printings or issues, today marked with A – D. The different setting of the Latin text verso is deciding which issue we are discussing. Only 1570A is unique for identification with the access to a single map only.
From 1570 – c. 1574 the map is identified as state 1. One distinct feature is the lack of the 8 names on the North Pole continent first added in 1592 (state 4). For further description of the different states and issues, see Ginsberg pp. 91 – 110.
Excellent condition.  A faint brown spot lower left only.                                                                                          

PROVENANCE: From the collection of dental surgeon Niels Nielssøn Danbolt, Oslo.

Literature: W.B. Ginsberg “Printed Maps of Scandinavia and the Arctic 1482 – 1601” Entry 24, Benedicte Gamborg Briså “Northward Bound At The Far Edge Of The World” Nordkappmuseet 2010, page 11 and 16 illustrated and page 40 – 41, Nasjonalbiblioteket “Kompassrosen Orientering mot nord” Oslo 2009, page 10 ill.



35 000 – 45 000 NOK € 2,95-3,800

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Auction Details

Toward the Poles | Accounts of Polar Exploration

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June 15, 2024, 11:00 AM CET

Bygdøy Allé 67, Oslo, , 0265, NO

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