Printed maps of Scandinavia and the Arctic
New York: 2006. Large 4to.
In plastic as issued.
Printed Maps of Scandinavia and the Arctic, 1482-1601, the first scholarly cartobibliography of the far north, presents a thorough and systematic survey of the subject. Each woodblock and copperplate map of the region is described in an illustrated entry that discusses the cartographer, publishing history, and cartography of the map. To the extent practicable, all states, variants, and editions of the maps have been identified and differentiated. The inclusion of contemporary related maps and later derivations in the essays contributes to the context and completeness of the entries.
Map collectors, dealers, specialists, enthusiasts, and readers with connections to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, or Iceland will find Printed Maps of Scandinavia and the Arctic a valuable reference. It is a must for those interested in early printing, the development of cartography, and polar exploration.
The 232-page hardcover volume has more than 180 illustrations, many in color, including several rare and uncommon maps. Special features, such as the first translation into English of the Opera Breve of Olaus Magnus, a chart of map lineages, and algorithms for identifying editions of the maps of Scandinavia by Münster and Ortelius enhance its value as a reference work.