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BRY, Theodor de; with Johann Theodor de BRY & Johann Israel de BRY.
Hand-coloured copy of a landmark in Arctic cartography in its rare first state
[Map of the north polar region:] Conterfactur der 3 Schiffarten welche di Hollander dürch das Mitnachtischen Mer nemlich beij Norwegen Mosca Nova Zembla und durch Waygats noch den Orientallischen Indien suhrgenomen hatten allen klerlich mit puneten angezeichnet.[Frankfurt am Main, Matthaeus Becker, 1599]. Oblong 1mo (whole sheet; plate mark 28 x 36.5 cm). Engraved map of the Arctic on watermarked laid paper in an azimuthal equidistant polar projection with parallels and meridians, the arctic circle, a reticulated scale of degrees. Coloured by a contemporary hand. Trimmed to the plate mark and mounted on later paper. In a passe-partout. Map of the north polar region by Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) and his family, showing the Arctic Sea, Scandinavia (including Iceland), Novaya Zemlya (Nova Zembla), Greenland, Davis Strait, the imaginary island "Frisland" (south of Iceland) and parts of the coasts of Canada and Siberia. Based on the manuscript map by the legendary Dutch polar explorer Willem Barentsz, which he made during his third and fatal voyage to the north in 1596 in search of a Northeast passage. The present copy is in the rare first state, before the addition of the Latin text and with most of the text in the cartouches and some of the topographic names not yet filled in. Even some German text is still missing, for example just left of the cartouche below right the name "Somer Meer" should be present but is not.De Bry engraved his map after a very similar map by Baptiste van Deutecum, published at Amsterdam in 1598, unless De Bry and Van Deutecom worked together from Bare … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: ASHER RARE BOOKS [Utrecht, The Netherlands]

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