stamp below shows 16th century blood money coins superimposed on a
portion of the Carta Marina around Uppsala.
original (in the library of the University of Uppsala) was so large
that only Lafreri's reduced copperplate version, produced in Rome in
1572, was distributed to any extent.
commentary to his map, Olaus Magnus wrote an book about Scandinavia,
dealing with the history, geography, and natural history of the area,
Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus. The sea serpent is one
of the many illustrations in that book.
When his brother,
Johannes, died Olaus was appointed to succeed him
as Archbishop of Uppsala, though he never
returned to Sweden because of the Reformation. Olaus died in Rome in
facsimile of map:
Computer facsimile of book:
For further information about Olaus Magnus see: Carol Urness, "Olaus
Magnus: His Map and His Book," Mercator's World,