Week 28

Speculum boreale





Hans Lillienskjold: Speculum boreale, i.e. a description of Finmarken in Northern Norway, dated 1701. Lillienskjold was the "prefect" of Finmarken, and based his description on his own observations as well as his access to the county archives. The manuscript is generously provided with coloured pictures: here the the illustration to the section On Whaling and Salmon Streams. Dedicated to Frederik IV, but ended up in Thott's possession, as did several other manuscripts from the archives or the king's private library.
The Manuscript Department, Thott 948, folio.