Ever curious about what lay beyond the horizon, explorers, merchants, and military forces have for centuries relied upon maps to help them describe and navigate our planet. Although historical maps were often skillfully drawn and meticulously plotted, their layout tells only part of the story. Cartographers frequently included fanciful or factual drawings to tease the imagination and the intellect—a mythical sea dragon on Boazio’s map of Ireland, figureheads symbolizing the wind rose on Ptolemy’s World Map, and royal heraldic imagery on maps from the Rotz Atlas. Explore the world of old with these dozen fascinating antique maps from the collections at The British Library.
12 monthly grids and full-colour artwork.
High-quality printing with soy-based inks on premium, environmentally sourced paper stock.
Measures 30.5 x 66 cm when open.