[Map of Palestine ]
$3000 / ≈ €2608
This 1475 map of the Holy Land is regarded as the first modern printed map because it is not derived from a classical source (Ptolemy), nor is it in the circular schematic format characteristic of medieval maps.
However, it retains two attributes of earlier maps: it is "oriented" with east at the top and Jerusalem is at the center.
The geographic information is taken largely from a now-lost manuscript map made two centuries earlier by a Dominican pilgrim, Burchard of Mt. Sion. In this bird's-eye view, topographic features are portrayed reasonably, and cities and regions are depicted as stylized hills.
"La Mer des Hystoires" is an original adaptation in the French language of a Latin text describing the universal history of France from its origins until the death of King Louis XI. It is completed with a geographical dictionary, a description of the Holy Land, Aesop’s Fables, and a genealogy of kings of France until the death of King Louis XI and followed by a second part entitled Le Martirologe des sainctz."
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