Monday, December 29, 2014

A Different View of the South

Of course, some maps took a different view of the south, proposing not a separate continent, but a continuous strip of land emerging from the bottom of Africa and possibly encircling the world:

15th century map depicting Ptolemy's description of the Ecumene, Johannes Schnitzer, engraver

Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493, by Hartmann Schedel.

(Turn your head it's upside down.) This one and the next one are both attributed (on the internet, at least, to Muhammad al-Idrisi, 1154--probably both from his Tabula Rogeriana.

(This one is also upside down.)

Supposedly a recreation of what Ptolemy's original map would have looked like based on the coordinates he gave.

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