More than 60 square feet of cartographic wonder.
|The projection, more than nine feet in diameter, is made up of 60 smaller maps, with the North Pole at the center. COURTESY DAVID RUMSEY|
|A sea monster looms off the coast of Venezuela. COURTESY DAVID RUMSEY|
Once assembled, the map shows a lush, highly personalized take on the world, with a surprisingly large collection of real and fantasy beasts carousing and cavorting on land and sea. Rumsey’s scan and digital assembly of the cartographic puzzle represents the first time that Monte’s work has been seen in its full glory: It is the single largest world map of the 16th century, and one largely forgotten or overlooked by cartographers and scholars.
|The northern Europe portion of the map. COURTESY DAVID RUMSEY|
|Monte’s depiction of Japan, probably drawn from information provided by the Japanese Embassy to Milan and Italy, is advanced for the time. COURTESY DAVID RUMSEY|
|Unicorns, dragons, and other creatures cavort in northern Siberia. COURTESY DAVID RUMSEY|