Norway and Sweden.
1845 (undated) 9.5 x 8 in (24.13 x 20.32 cm)
1 : 10500000
This is a lovely example of Thomas Ewing's 1845 map of Scandinavia, including Norway and Sweden. It covers from the Arctic south to the Baltic Sea and east as far as the Gulf of Finland. Throughout, the map identifies various cities, towns, rivers and an assortment of additional topographical details.
Of particular interest is the Loffoden Maelstrom 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. At this time in history, Scandinavia was in the midst of a prolonged period of peace that led to a cultural and population boom, especially in Sweden. The economy however could not keep up with the increase in population and much of Sweden's population immigrated to the United States between 1850 and 1910.
This map was published in 1845 by Oliver and Boyd as part of Ewing's New General Atlas.
Oliver and Boyd, Ewing's New General Atlas: containing Distinct Maps of all the Principal States and Kingdoms throughout the World, (Edinburgh) 1845.
Very good. Minor foxing at places. Blank on verso.