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Old antique map of the North Atlantic Ocean by A. Ortelius.

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Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip. - A. Ortelius, 1598.


Old map of the North Atlantic Ocean by A. Ortelius.

Date of the first edition: 1570
Date of this map: 1598

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 36.5 x 49.5cm (14.1 x 19.3 inches)
Verso text: French
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 3, 1200:31; Van den Broecke, #160; Ginsberg (Scandinavia), #24 State 5; Burden #40; Baynton-Williams New Worlds, p.30-31.

From: Ortelius A. Théâtre de l'Univers. Antwerp, Plantin Press, 1598. (Van der Krogt 3, 31:351)


Abraham Ortelius created this map of northern Europe, showing Scandinavia in detail, based on the "Carta Marina" map of Olaus Magnus, a Swedish historian and geographer, published in Venice in 1539. It also shows Greenland and part of North America. In the North Atlantic, among decorations which include a merman playing a lute, are a host of mythical islands, including Frisland, Estotiland, Icaria, Drogero, St Brendan and Brasil.
Most of the islands are derived from a 1556 book also published in Venice, which purported to be the true account of the voyages of the Zeno Brothers, Nicolas and Antonio, in the 1390s, published by one of their descendants. (Baynton-Williams)

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