Onde formate dalla Voragine di Moskestrom. Voragine di Moskestrom.
Copper engraving with very large margins, printed from three plates. Total 440 x 270mm (17¼ x 10½").
Two illustrations within a separately-printed frame-like border, a view and a map of the Moskstraumen, a series of currents and whirlpools around the island of Moskoe in the Lofoten archipelago, Norway. Its popular name, 'maelstroom' (a Nordic word derived from the Dutch combination of malen (to grind) and stroom (stream), was introduced into the English language by Edgar Allan Poe through his short story 'A Descent into the Maelström', 1841', which exaggerated the whirlpool effect. This was published in Vincenzo Coronelli's 'Isolario dell'Atlante Veneto'. Coronelli (1650-1718), was Official Cartographer to both Louis XIV of France and the Doge of Venice, as well as being Father General of the Franciscan order.
[Ref: 31977] £160.00