One of the few early, separate maps of Norway
By BLAEU, Johannes , 1665

Norvegia Regnum, vulgo Nor-ryke.

Europe Scandinavia
  • Author: BLAEU, Johannes
  • Publication place: Amsterdam
  • Publication date: 1665.
  • Physical description: Engraved map in contemporary hand-colour, heightened in gold.
  • Dimensions: 410 by 500mm. (16.25 by 19.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 9698


One of the few early maps of Norway depicted separately. The map shows Norway up to Senja and the adjacent territories which had recently been acquired by Sweden. The map is dedicated to Prince Christian, who, in 1670, became King Christian V of Denmark and Norway.

The map appeared in the ‘Atlas Major’, which, in its various editions, was the largest atlas ever published. It was justly famed for its production values, its high typographic standard, and the quality of its engraving, ornamentation, binding and colouring. The atlas frequently served as the official gift of the Dutch Republic to princes and other authorities. It is one of the most lavish and highly prized of all seventeenth-century illustrated books.


  1. Van der Krogt
  2. Shirley, British Library.
  3. Brotton, 265-290
  4. S. Kramer, 'Ex bibliotheca Reisachiorum', Scriptorium 34 (1980), pp.91-95