James Barlow (1759/60 – 1810 or later)
was a British engraver active at the turn of the 19th century working in London. The only information about him is to be found at britishmuseum.org/collection. „Individual; printmaker; British; Male“ and his life dates above. His company was registered as follows: „John Barlow/Engraver /No 39/New George Street/Blackfriars Road“
Nothing more is known about his life.
This map was based on maps produced by Thomas Kitchin in the later half of the 18th century. It was published in „A General View of the World: Geographical, Physical and Historical; on a Plan Entirely New“ by C. Brightly & T. Kinnersley Publishers, Bungay, Suffolk).
The title is written in a hatched and shaded frame in the lower right corner of the map and the author’s name below the frame: „Barlow sculp.“ The map depicts Scandinavia, the Baltic region, „Russia in Europe“, Poland, the northern part of Germany and Prussia, the the eastern part of the Faroe Islands, the Orkney and Shetland Islands and the eastern part of Scotland and England.
In the upper left corner is an inset map of Iceland. The text above says: „Iceland Isle Drawn to the same Scale“. Underneath a mileage scale is placed.
The Arctic Circle is marked in Scandinavia and Russia but not in Iceland.
Along the coastline of Iceland there are several place names of fjords and villages, in the interior only three: the bishoprics Skalholt (with a church symbol) and Holar („Hola“) and „M‘t Hekla“.