The Catalan Atlas by Abraham Cresques - 14th century
At the Heat of the Maps
The Catalan Atlas is a collection of illuminated charts bound together like a book. Intended for the King of France, it gave him a picture of the entire known world in his time. Geographical, political and economic details are intermingled with ancient legends and the "wonders” of distant Asia on these portolan maps. These are based on medieval tales, like the Books of Marvels of the World based on Marco Polo's travels.
A map kept at the French national library BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Manuscripts Department, Spanish shelf mark number 30.
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