Scandinavia 1572 (Map of the Sea)



‘Carta Marina’ ‘Map of the Sea’

The Carta Marina of the Swedish geographer and historian Olaus Magnus is one of the earliest accurate cartographic depictions of the Scandinavian peninsula and includes Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. Drafted in Rome in 1539, it contains detail that is lacking in many other early maps of the region, notably the wonderfully fanciful sea creatures! Originally intended for his Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus (A description of the Nordic peoples), the map was published 15 years before the appearance of this majestic work. Olaus Magnus is generally regarded as the first to propound the idea of a Northeast Passage. This is a reproduction of the second edition of this map, published by Antoine Lafréry in 1572.

Reproduction Size: 36″x 24″ (91.5cm x 61cm)