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  • Treskia Septentrio [Object]

    Map of the Eastern hemisphere surrounded by twelve flying winds. Before acceptance of the compass became universal, mariners had relied on the sun and stars to navigate and on the direction...

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  • Typus Cosmographicus Universalis (World Map) [Object]

    One of the museum founders, Dallas Pratt, was delighted to acquire this world map by Sebastian Münster, not because it reveals new geographical discoveries – it is somewhat outdated –...

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  • Oceanus Occidentalis Terra Nova (The Western Ocean and the New World) [Object]

    This hand-coloured woodcut map of the New World is a later version of the first edition of 1513, also in the museum collection, known as ‘The Admiral’s Map’ – the...

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  • Fool’s Head World Map [Object]

    Based on an earlier fool’s cap map made by Jean de Gourmont II (active 1565–1585), this striking monochrome map has been much discussed, but its authorship remains unclear. As Dallas...

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  • Pars Orbis [Object]

    Coloured copperplate of the world shown in two hemispheres - engraved for the Polyglot Bible, printed at the Plantin Press in 1572, and shows the geographic placement of Noah's sons...

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  • World Map – Cosmographia Universalis ab Orontio olim descripta [Object]

    During the sixteenth century, cartographers of a mathematical inclination applied their knowledge and ingenuity to the task of representing a spherical earth on a flat surface. As the world known...

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  • Title page of ‘Nova Reperta’ (New Inventions) [Object]

    Engraving of the title page of Nova Reperta, signed ‘Ioan. Stradanus inuent. Phls Galle excud.’ Contains small numbered pictures of the inventions and discoveries. No. 1 is a hemispherical map of...

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  • World Map [Object]

    Engraved cordiform world map printed on 10 joined sheets with Turkish text. The so-called Hajji Ahmed World Map was considered by museum founder, Dallas Pratt to be the pride...

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  • Borgia World Map [Object]

    While in Portugal in 1774, Cardinal Stefano Borgia chanced upon a map engraved on a metal sheet (now in the Vatican Library) and had prints made of the map’s image....

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