One of the few early, separate maps of Norway

By BLAEU, Johannes, 1665 

Norvegia Regnum, vulgo Nor-ryke.

Europe Scandinavia
  • Author: BLAEU, Johannes
  • Publication place: Amsterdam
  • Publication date: 1665.
  • Physical description: Engraved map in contemporary hand-colour, heightened in gold.
  • Dimensions: 410 by 500mm. (16.25 by 19.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 9698

Notes

One of the few early maps of Norway depicted separately. The map shows Norway up to Senja and the adjacent territories which had recently been acquired by Sweden. The map is dedicated to Prince Christian, who, in 1670, became King Christian V of Denmark and Norway.

The map appeared in the Atlas Major’, which, in its various editions, was the largest atlas ever published. It was justly famed for its production values, its high typographic standard, and the quality of its engraving, ornamentation, binding and colouring. The atlas frequently served as the official gift of the Dutch Republic to princes and other authorities. It is one of the most lavish and highly prized of all seventeenth-century illustrated books. 

Bibliography

  1. Van der Krogt
    • Koeman, C and van der Krogt, Pieter (2000–2010). Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici. MS’t Goy-Houten: HES & De Graaf Publishers. 9 vols.
  2. Shirley, British Library.
    • Shirley, Rodney. (2004). Maps in the Atlases of the British Library: A descriptive catalogue cAD850 to 1800. London: British Library. 2 vols.