Media Information

Collection name:
JCB Map Collection
Accession Number:
File Name:
Call number:
Cabinet Le572 / 1
Map title:
[Carta marina et descriptio septentrionalium Terrarum]
Place of Publication:
Romae [Rome]
Ex Typis Antonij Lafreri Saguani
Publication date:
MDLXXII. [1572]
Map size height:
52.8 cm.
Map size width:
79.4 cm.
Item description:
engraving, 2 sheets joined
Geographical description:
Map of Scandinavia consisting of two sheets which are joined. Includes the North Atlantic Ocean and part of Greenland. Greenland is shown with hunters and a shipwreck. Cartographic elements include scale, degrees of latitude and longitude, windroses, rhumb lines, and some topographical details. Decorative elements include sea monsters, including whales, seals, narwhal, lobsters, and sea serpents, ships, coats of arms, volcanoes, animals such as polar bears, reindeer, birds, horses, foxes or wolves, and men hunting.
Cartobibliographic notes:
Reduced version of the 9-sheet woodcut map published by Olaus Magnus, last Catholic archbishop of Sweden, in Venice, 1539. The 1539 version of the map was the first large-scale national or regional map ever published and was drawn to demonstrate to the Pope the extent of the area that the Roman Church would lose to the Protestants.The title, omitted here, is supplied from the larger version of the map.
John Carter Brown Library, Annual Report, 1960, p. 31-32; E. Lynam, Carta marina of Olaus Magnus; Tooley, R.V. "Maps in Italian atlases," Imago Mundi, III, p. 12-47; Granlund, J. "Carta marina," Imago Mundi, VIII, p. 35-43
Geographic Area:
Normalized date:
Olaus Magnus

[Carta marina et descriptio septentrionalium Terrarum]