- Date: 1645
- Condition: AA
- Colour: Early colour.
- Size: 19.2 x 15 inches
A fascinating and very beautiful map of Iceland by Jan Jansson based on the work of Juris Carolus.
Carolus was a Dutch traveler who probably derived his 1620s map from the Icelandic Bishop Gudbrandur Thorlaksson's work in the late sixteenth century. The Carolus map remained the standard map of Iceland for much of the seventeenth century with several publishers issuing versions. This Jansson / Blaeu example is probably the most desirable of maps of Iceland from this period.
The map has very bright colours and wide margins and includes a wealth of detail of the topography of the island (including an exploding volcano). Latin text on the verso.
The map is in excellent condition with a strong impression and very attractive colour. There is some minor creasing and some old paper repairs of marginal tears and one small hole just right of cartouche. These faults do not detract from the overall effect of this very beautiful map.