The Region Governed by the Castle at Trondheim.
Rare, original antique map of the Trondheim region of Norway, published in Paris by Guillaume Sanson at the end of the 17th century.
The map extends north to Trondheim and Trondheim Fjord and south to the high mountains of the Reinheimen. This Fennoscandian landscape was then sparsely populated, with settlements focused around inlets and other sheltered regions.
Trondheim was a center of dispute during the 17th century, having been traded between the Kingdom of Denmark and Norway and the Kingdom of Sweden twice between 1658 and 1660. The region had also been recently incorporated into the county of Trøndelag.
Regional maps of Norway from this period showing inland detail as this region was not as much of a focus for the cartographers of western Europe who specialized in making maps of their home regions or of areas where trade was occurring. Sanson executed perhaps the best widely-circulated (but still very rare) suite of maps of Norwegian regions from the time. Along with this map, Sanson also issued the first printed map of all of Norway
The son of famous French cartographer Nicolas Sanson, Guillaume (1633-1703) carried on his father's work. Like his sire, he was a court geographer to Louis XIV. He often worked in partnership with another prominent cartographer of the time, Hubert Jaillot.