Spitsbergen 1625

Spitsbergen 1625

Erroneously described as ‘Grenland’, this is actually Spitsbergen (Svalbard), discovered by Barentsz in 1596.



Erroneously described as ‘Grenland’, this is actually Spitsbergen, discovered by Barentsz in 1596

A map of ‘Grenland’, taken from Samuel Purchas’ magnum opus Hakluytus Posthumus or Purchas his Pilgrimes, contayning a History of the World in Sea Voyages and Lande Travells, by Englishmen and others (1625). The main island shown is in fact Spitsbergen (now Svalbard), discovered by Willem Barentsz in 1596. and commonly referred to as Greenland by English whalers at this time.

Original Size: 17 x 22 cms

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