Arctic Nova Zembla island natives Russia Icy Sea 1719 Mallet Ethnic type printBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian
(Nova Zembla Arctic Russia)
Issued 1719 Frankfort, for A.M. Mallet.
Charming 18th century copper engraved ethnic print with beautiful hand color. Depicts near gnome-like figures of this Arctic island. Curious feather neck dress and two distant scenes of locals worshipping idols.
The image has a near folk-art feel, a style unique to this historical era. Utterly unlike anything produced today and of modern aesthetic appeal for this reason.
Mostly clean and well preserved example, the image displays a fine patina.
Sheet measures c. 7 7/8"H x 6 1/8"W.
Printed area measures c. 5 1/2"H x 4"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 3. p.196