Dec 31, 2017

16th Century map of the world

In 1587, Italian cartographer Urbano Monte completed a world map with a unique perspective. Rather than drawing the Earth on a rectangular sheet, as many maps are displayed today, Monte drew the world on 60 different pages, and left instructions for how they should be displayed as if a viewer were looking down on the globe from the North Pole.

The decorated map depicts a world populated by mythical creatures, including unicorns, centaurs and mermaids.


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