Fine example of Mercator's map of Sweden and Norway. It is one of the most important and influential maps of Scandinavia published in the 16th century.
Mercator established the basic geographic foundation of Scandinavia using cartographic notes from his 15-sheet map of Europe published in 1554 as well as his larger map of Europe published in 1572. In this map, Mercator corrects the shape of the Peninsula for which most future maps of the area are based.
While Ortelius had issued a regional map that included Scandinavia, Mercator's map is more accurate and included more focused detail of the area. Ultimately, it became the most reliable commercial map of the region for several decades.