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Untitled [Map of Scandinavia]

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Untitled [Map of Scandinavia] : O. Magnus The Goth / H. Petri

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A fascinating and distinctive early map of Scandinavia and Iceland complete with vivid imagery showing sea monsters devouring sailing vessels, a sea serpent and so on. Olaus Magnus was born in Sweden in 1490, travelling extensively in Scandinavia before settling in Rome in 1524. From there, in 1539, he produced and had published a massive nine-sheet map of the northern regions that in detail and conception was unique in early cartography. In 1565 and 1567 his description of the region was published with reduced size maps and numerous woodcut illustrations. Although this can only be described as a poor version of the original map it is one of the most dramatic early cartographic depictions of the region with the Gulfs of Finland and Bothnia clearly shown, if on a somewhat elongated projection. The trapezoid upper part of the map borrows from the Ptolemaic tradition, and Magnus's original, but also attempts to allow for the diminishing latitude northwards. In the lower right corner of the map appears the monogram "THW 1567", the initials of Thomas Weber, the woodcutter of the map. This example is trimmed close otherwise a fine rare and dramatic cartographic piece.
mapmakers: O. Magnus The Goth H. Petri
place and date of publication: Basle 1567
medium and colour: woodblock, Uncoloured
size in mm: 360 by 515mm (14.25 by 20.25 inches).
ref: 40269
literature: Ginsberg, Important Early Maps Of Northern Regions, p23. Ginsberg, Printed Maps

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