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The Catalan Atlas by Abraham Cresques - 14th century

Reference

6862

Duration

00:04:04

Production year

2019

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Céline FERLITA

Summary

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.
View this document in the digital Gallica library:
https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b55002481n

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