The famous and probably the most beautiful map of the North. Shows the North Atlantic with Scandinavia and Siberia as well as the polar regions. In the south the British Isles with the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, to the west the mythical islands of the North Atlantic Frisland, Brasil, Drogeo and Icaria, as well as Iceland, Greenland and the northwest of Canada. Decorated with sailing ships and sea monsters. A title cartouche at the bottom right.
M. van den Broecke stated about this map:
When this map appeared it was probably the best one of the Scandinavian area so far. Note the fantasy islands Friesland and St. Brandain. Iceland and Greenland are very distorted and too near... Most likely, the brothers Johannes and Lucas van Doetecum were the engravers.
The cartographic sources of the map are the Mercator world map of 1569, the Zeno map of 1558 and the map of Scandinavia by Olaus Magnus 1539. From the 1587 French edition of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
|Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip.
|Christoffel Plantin, Antwerp, 1587
|36.0 x 48.8 cm (14.2 x 19.2 inches)
|44.3 x 56.1 cm (17.4 x 22.1 inches)
|Van den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 160; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 1200:31; Burden, P.D.: The Mapping of North America No. 40
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