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Matthias Quad:  Polus Arcticus sive Tract. Septentrionalis. Coloniae, ex Officina Typographica Jani Bussemechers (Shows Mythical Island of Frisland)

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Title: Polus Arcticus sive Tract. Septentrionalis. Coloniae, ex Officina Typographica Jani Bussemechers (Shows Mythical Island of Frisland)

Map Maker: Matthias Quad

Place / Date: Cologne / 1600

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 11 x 8.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $1,200.00

Inventory ID: 54030


Description:

One of the Earliest Obtainable Maps of the North Polar Regions -- Large Inset of Mythical Island of Frisland

Important early map of the North Polar regions, based upon Mercator's map of 1595.

Quad's map is a reduced version of Mercator's landmark map of the Arctic from 1595. The North Pole is shown according to legend as a large rock in a giant whirlpool and surrounded by four islands that are separated by rivers. The magnetic north is depicted as a separate island rock just outside the polar mass. In North America is an very early reference to California (California regio, sola fama Hispanis nota), curiously shown north of the El streto de Anian. The map depicts the attempts of Frobisher and Davis to locate the northern passages to Asia.

The map image is surrounded by a floral design with four roundels in each corner. These contain the title, the Faeroe Isles, the Shetland Isles, and the mythical island of Frisland.


Condition Description: Minor toning.


References: Burden, P.D. 134; Meurer, P.H. (Cologne) Qua 79.


Related Categories:
Maps of the Northern Hemisphere
Polar Maps