1658 Tabula Islandiae Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro
By: Georgio Carolo Flandro/Jan Jansson
Date: 1658 (Published) Amsterdam
Size: 15 x 19.5 inches (38 cm x 49.5 cm)
This seventeenth century map of Iceland is attributed to both Georgio Carolo Flandro and Jan Jansson, and is one in a series of maps which were based on the work of both Mercator and Bishop Gudbrandur Thorlaksson. Thorlaksson, a native son of Iceland, was educated in Europe but then returned to Iceland, where he put his education and erudition to good use.
This decorative map includes the famous volcano Hekla, depicted erupting. The spectacular, rugged landscape of the volcanic island, dominated by huge mountains and volcanoes is clearly illustrated, all major cities and some smaller towns are included, and Iceland’s shoreline, a rugged labyrinth of countless fiords is beautifully depicted with fiords named.
Rhumb lines are delineated and a lovely frigate and two sea monsters are to be found in the waters just to the south of the island. Two compass roses are provided for orientation and a lovely decorative title cartouche embellishes the lower left quadrant. Dutch text on the verso describes the map and some important historical events.
Condition: This hand colored map is in B+ condition. Toning is fairly even with slight darkening of the centerfold.