An excellent 1855 first edition example of Colton's map of Sweden and Norway. Like most of Colton's europe maps, this map was derived from an earlier wall map of the world produced by Colton and D. Griffing Johnson. The map covers Sweden and Norway from the Arctic Ocean south to Denmark and east as far as the Gulf of Finland. It also includes parts of adjacent Denmark and Finland.At this time in history Scandinavia was in the midst of a prolonged period of peace and prosperity that led to a cultural and population boom.The legendary Lofoten Maelstrom in northwestern Norway. This legendary whirlpool was the inspiration for edgar Allen Poe's classic tale Descent into the Maelstrom. In reality, it is a periodic and powerful current caused by tidal variations in the region.This map also identifies various cities, towns, rivers, rapids, mountain passes, and an assortment of additional topographical details. Map is hand colored in pink, green, yellow and blue pastels to define national and regional boundaries. Surrounded by Colton's typical spiral motif border. Dated and copyrighted to J. H. Colton, 1855. Published from Colton's 172 William Street Office in New York City. Issued as page no. 20 in volume 2 of Colton's 1856 Atlas of the World.