Mercator 1589 Gerard Mercator (1512-1594): Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio (365 x 390). This polar chart was first printed in 1589. The copy originates from an edition of his posthumous 1606 atlas and has to do with the rediscovery of Svalbard (1596). Notice the partial map showing the imaginative land called Frisland.

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