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. Using anecdotal evidence and sometimes scant geographical data for places they themselves may never have seen, cartographers frequently included fanciful or factual drawings to tease the imagination and the intellectto wit, figureheads symbolizing the wind rose on a world map from Ptolemys Cosmographia.
Explore the world of old with this calendars 12 antique maps from the British Librarys collection of cartographic material.
|30.48 × 33.02 cm