"La Gran Penisola della Scandia Madre d'Innumerabili Esserciti, e Regali Famiglie Pertutta l'Europa Diffuse",
Period: 1664 (circa)
Publication: Emmanuele Tesauro's Del Regno d'Italia Sotto i Barbari Epitome
Color: Black & White
14.1 x 10.9 inches
35.8 x 27.7 cm
This striking and uncommon map of Scandinavia includes nice topographical detail, with the region's mountains and forests graphically depicted. Place names are mostly concentrated along the coasts, although there are some scattered about the interior. A sailing ship appears in the Gulf of Bothnia, and another is shown in the Norwegian Sea, here called Germanicum Mare Vulgo de Noord Zee. The decorative title cartouche at top right features two coats of arms and a stately lion wearing a crown and holding a flag, axe, and scepter. Four distance scales are contained in a cartouche at bottom left that depicts an allegorical figure passing a crown to a mortal wanderer. Engraved by Antonio de Piene.
There are two small worm holes in an unengraved area at top, printer's ink residue, and a printer's crease that runs parallel to the centerfold. On the verso there is a partially removed library label, and the sheet's edges are toned.