Sea Charts of Norway, 1585-1812
William B. Ginsberg
This is the first book devoted to sea charts of a single country. Its thirteen independent but interrelated chapters
present the core sets of coastal charts of Norway and review the historical development of sea charts more generally.
Sea Charts of Norway, 1585-1812 is the first book to gather, illustrate, and examine core sets of coastal charts of Norway prepared by the major cartographers and publishers from the late 16th to the early 19th centuries. In addition, its 13 interrelated chapters consider Norway-related charts and provide an overview of the historical development of marine cartography. Its subject matter complements that of the author’s previous two works dedicated to maps of Norway and Scandinavia: Maps and Mapping of Norway, 1602-1855 and Printed Maps of Scandinavia and the Arctic, 1482-1601.
Sea Charts of Norway begins with the first pilot guide of 1585 by Lucas Jansz. Waghenaer and then reviews the leading Dutch chart makers through the predominance of the van Keulen family firm. It continues with English cartographers active for more than a century beginning from the mid-17th century, and concludes with the official French and Scandinavian production of the late 18th/early 19th century.
With its 320 illustrations, including several of rare or unrecorded maps, solid underlying research, and high-quality production, Sea Charts of Norway combines visual appeal and intellectual rigor. Special features, such as full title information for more than 220 maps, a graphical comparison of coastal chart coverage, and a gazetteer of place names, enhance its value as a reference work for collectors, dealers, and specialists.
Sea Charts of Norway, 1585-1812 is also published in a deluxe slip-cased collector's edition limited to 75 numbered copies.