A map of Iceland, titled 'Islandia'.

Iceland 1598

Abraham Ortelius’ map of Iceland from his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.


Map of Iceland, taken from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, a collection of 53 maps complied by Abraham Ortelius

Originally published in Antwerp in 1570, this is considered to be the first true modern atlas. At this time, Iceland was ruled by Denmark, which did little to further the island’s interests – trade with other countries was forbidden from 1603 until 1786 – or to protect its citizens. In 1627 a Barbary pirate fleet kidnapped around 300 islanders and sold them into slavery in North Africa. A few eventually made their way back to Iceland.

Original Size: 22 x 28 cms

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