The beautiful 16th Century maps of Abraham Ortelius

Islandia

Last year I visited Iceland with my wife, Nayeli, and our boys, Oscar and Mateo. I bought a print of an old map of the country, which I’ve now framed.

I didn’t know anything about the history of this map, so I did I little digging and discovered it was made in 1590 (!) by the Dutch cartographer Abraham Ortelius.

Abraham made quite a few maps of the world during his lifetime. Although not accurate by modern standards, they are beautiful and fascinating.

See also this brilliant illustrated timeline of maps of Iceland and a previous post comparing a map of Lancashire by John Speed from 1610 with the same view by Google Maps.

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The beautiful 16th Century maps of Abraham Ortelius