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Thu Dec 28, 2017, 01:13 PM

Newly Unveiled 16th-Century Map Shows a World Filled with Centaurs and Unicorns

Newly Unveiled 16th-Century Map Shows a World Filled with Centaurs and Unicorns
By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | December 28, 2017 10:04am ET

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A 16th-century map made by cartographer Urbano Monte is going on display at the David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford University. The map includes fantastical creatures, like sea monsters, griffins and mermaids.
Credit: Courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection/DavidRumsey.com


A rare, 60-page map of the world illustrated during the Renaissance era is finally on display as its creator intended: with its vibrant pages arranged in a 2D circle, showing a bird's-eye view of the world from the vantage point of the North Pole.

The stunning, ornately decorated map depicts a world populated by mythical creatures, including unicorns, centaurs and mermaids.

"I call it a cartographic manuscript masterpiece. It blows you away," said G. Salim Mohammed, the head and curator of the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, which acquired the 1587 map in September. [See a gallery of the continents and fantastical animals on the 1587 map]

Enigmatic creator
Historians know some basic details about the cartographer who created the map, Urbano Monte (1544-1613), a nobleman who lived in Milan, in northern Italy. When he was 35, Monte married 18-year-old Margarita Niguarda, and they had four sons and one daughter. Because of his family's status and affluence, Monte didn't have to work. Rather, he spent his time collecting books for his renowned library and pursued scholarly interests, according to a report published by the David Rumsey Map Center.

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Thu Dec 28, 2017, 01:17 PM

1. those were the days, my friend. . .

I thought they'd never end. . .

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Thu Dec 28, 2017, 01:17 PM

2. Somebody should send it to.. you know who..

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Thu Dec 28, 2017, 01:28 PM

3. I'm sure 95%

of trump supporters still believe in things like that. lololol

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