Dark Roasted Blend: Marvelous Maps and Curious Cartography, Part Three >>> This is a different way (and perspective) to look at Europe on the map. Turn map 90 degrees anti-clockwise to put North at the top.
Ortelius pacifici 1589 Old world maps Ancient by mapsandposters
A CHANGING WORLD: The great French cartographer Guillaume de L'Isle made the first version of this map in 1700. This 1745 version by Amsterdam map publisher Covens & Mortier adds a seascape at the bottom, combining realistic clipper ships on the horizon with a fanciful mermaid and a merman accompanied by sea monsters. It also includes geography that had been discovered in the interim, such as the fact that Japan was an island and not attached to the mainland of Asia.
This map is a part of an atlas known as the Queen Mary Atlas. Queen Mary commissioned the atlas in 1558 from the Portuguese mapmaker Diego Homen. Mary died before the atlas was finished, and after her death, the atlas was presented to Queen Elizabeth I.