Sidney Hall

Sweden and Norway.

Engraving, c.1847.
Image size 19 1/4 x 15 1/2" (49 x 39.5 cm) plus margins.
Good condition and color.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93501
Price: $75.00
Publisher : Published by Longman, Orne, & Co. Paternoster Row, London.
This map of Scandinavia is from Sidney Hall’s ‘New General Atlas.’ Hall was a British cartographer, engraver, and map publisher during the early 19th century, and his engravings of the United Kingdom, Europe, and the ancient world were used in many popular atlases. Hall was known as an early adopter of steel plate engraving, which allowed maps to be printed with very fine detail due to the hardness of the metal. After Hall’s death in 1833, his wife Selina took over his map business, continuing to engrave and publish maps and atlases under the name ‘S. Hall.’

This map depicts all of Sweden and Norway, with the North and Baltic Seas, Finland, Russia, and Denmark visible in the borders. The map’s central area is very finely detailed, including the names of towns, mountains, major transportation lines and waterways. Hundreds of ports and islands are labeled along the coastline. Among the islands in northwest Norway, a fictional maelstrom is labeled, indicating the powerful current in that area. This legendary whirlpool inspired Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Descent into the Maelstrom.’