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May 14, 2024

Juan de la Cosa and his World Chart

The focus of this essay is Juan de la Cosa and his magnificent World Chart, a chart which documented the discoveries...

Jan 31, 2024

Portolan Charts Part IV: Longevity of Genre

   Portrait of a Chartmaker by Pietro Vesconti anno 1318 While there is no consensus regarding the origins of portola...

Dec 30, 2023

Portolan Charts Part III: Evolution of Portolans

  The Dulcert Chart 1339 The theme of portolani is enormous and complex. In each of our blogs dedicated to this them...

Dec 20, 2023

Portolan Charts Part II: 14th Century Charts

Portolans have been a topic of scholarly controversy for decades. The predecessors of the charts is the theme of myri...

Dec 9, 2023

Portolan Charts Part I: The Carte Pisane

                    Detail of the Carte Pisane 1275 - 1300                      This detail of the Carte Pisane, the...

Nov 18, 2023

The Kangnido Map

   The Kangnido Map of 1402: A Non-Eurocentric Worldview Many of the early maps we have been discussing were based on...

Nov 5, 2023

Sawley Map

A small but fantastical drawing known today as the Sawley Map was used by a 12th century theologian to illustrate ...

Oct 29, 2023

The Psalter World Map

One of the most remarkable and important survivors of medieval European maps is The Psalter World Map, the only know...

Oct 18, 2023

Cotton Mappa Mundi

 Cotton Mappa Mundi The fascinating Cotton Mappa Mundi, one of the earliest surviving maps of the world known to hav...

Oct 13, 2023

Fra Mauro Mappa Mundi

The Mappa Mundi by Fra Mauro was a major cartographical accomplishment of the mid-fifteenth century, a stunning ma...

Sep 12, 2023

The Book of Curiosities

  World Map from The Book of Curiosities The next early work we will discuss is a remarkable Arabic manuscript dating...

Aug 21, 2023

The Piri Reis Map of 1513

Portion of the 1513 Piri Reis Map The spectacular 1513 Piri Reis world map, next in our series of ancient maps, date...
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