1853 Perthes Map of Sweden and Norway
Description: A fascinating example of the 1853 Perthes map of Sweden and Norway. The map covers from the Arctic Sea south to Denmark and east as far as the Gulf of Finland, including the modern day nations of Sweden, Norway, and parts of adjacent Denmark and Finland. Two inset maps in the lower right quadrant detail Stockholm and environs of Stockholm. Of particular interest is the Lofoten Maelstrom (Malstrom) in northwestern Norway. This legendary whirlpool was the inspiration for edgar Allen Poe's classic tale Descent into the Maelstrom. In reality, it is a periodic and powerful current caused by tidal variations in the region. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and assortment of additional topographical details. Political and regional borders are highlighted in outline color. Unlike other cartographic publishers of the period, the Justus Perthes firm, did not transition to lithographic printing techniques. Instead, all of their maps are copper plate engravings and hence offer a level of character and depth of detail that was impossible to find in lithography or wax-process engraving. All text is in German. Designed and drawn by Friedrich von Stülpnagel and issued as plate no. 17 in the 1854 edition of Stieler’s Hand-Atlas.
Date: 1853 (dated)
Source: Stieler's Hand-Atlas (1854 issue).
Cartographer: Justus Perthes (1749 - 1812) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. Perthes began his publishing empire with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In 1817 Perthes switched his focus to cartographic publishing. From 1817 to 1890 the Perthes firm would issue thousands of maps for more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Stieler, Peterman, Meyer and Spruner, the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. He also produced a number of important wall maps and case maps. Perthes maps are admired for their steel plate engraving, incredible detail, dedication to accuracy, and fine colorization. The Justus Perthes firm continues to produce maps and atlases to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps from Justus Perthes.
Size: Printed area measures 14.5 x 17.5 inches (36.83 x 44.45 centimeters)
Condition: Very Good. Moderate overall foxing. Original centerfold reinforced on verso. Blank on verso.
Code: SwedenNorway-perthes-1854 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)