Tag: Date: 17th century
Americae Pars Magis Cognita . . . MDCXXIV.
Tabula Magellanica qua Tierrae del Fuego : cum celeberrimis fretis a F. Magellano et I. Le Maire.
Descripcion de las Indias Ocidentalis.
Dimidia Tribus Manasse ultra Jordanem…
Culiacanae, Americae Regionis, Descriptio; Hispaniolae, Cubae, Aliarumque Insularum Circumiacientium Delineatio.
Nova Orbis Tabula in Lucem Edita, A.F. de Wit.
Nova et accurata poli Arctici
Again, we see, both the top of North America, the top of Europe, and the top of Asia, as it was then, as they each were then understood, all quite uncertain. Of the cartouches, and there are, there’s one in the upper-portion and one in the lower-right are, uh, wonderfully imaginative. Winds are blowing from various faces. And in the lower-right we have a marvelous combination of two explorers, a polar bear, and what look like two, uh, a fox perhaps, uh, a fox and a deer, or maybe two foxes – some of the wildlife that, um, might have been discovered or seen up in that northern reach.
When compared with still earlier versions of the North Pole, others of which are in the Villanova collection, we get a wonderful series of views as man’s understanding of the northern parts of the world became better and better. It might be said, however, that as our accuracy improved, the colorfulness of the various depictions declined. And I still have a great fondness for these maps in the 1600s and the 1500s which tell their own wonderful story however mythological they might be. “In navigation, a rhumb line […] is an arc crossing all meridians of longitude at the same angle, that is, a path with constant bearing as measured relative to true or magnetic north.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhumb_line
 “Cartouche, in architecture, ornamentation in scroll form, applied especially to elaborate frames around tablets or coats of arms. By extension, the word is applied to any oval shape or even to a decorative shield, whether scroll-like in appearance or not.” Encyclopaedia Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/art/cartouche
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Francisco Pisarro and Athabaliba, ultimus rex Peruanorum
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