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The Carta Marina (detail) by Olaus Magnus is the earliest detailed map of the Nordic countries. It took twelve years to finish. The first copies were printed in 1539 in Venice.

Symbolic Map regarding the Sea Monster legend

An anguilline Norwegian sea serpent (sea-orm) depicted on Swedish cleric Olaus Magnus's famous antiquarian maritime map of the Carta Marina

Horoscopium Geographicum from 'Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae' by Father Athanasius Kircher, 1646.

I love the Flat maps where the western half of North America is mostly guess work. - - - Antique World Map

Beatus of Liébana was a monk geographer from the Iberian Kingdom of Asturias during the eighth-century. He created this world map around the year 776, basing it on the accounts given by Isidore of Seville, Ptolemy and the Holy Bible.

Saint-Sever World Map, from the 'Saint-Sever Beatus' Paris, Bibliotheque national de France - Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us

Cartes marines, mappemonde, avec quelques cartes géographiques terrestres (16th century)

Cartes marines, mappemonde, avec quelques cartes géographiques terrestres (16th century)

sea monster depicted on old nautical chart

Brendan's ship on the back of a whale. - Scanned from a new book by Chet Van Duzer and published by the British Library: 'Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps'

Morbidus and the sea monster.  Jean of Wavrin, Recueil des croniques d’Engleterre. France, N. E. (Lille?) and Netherlands, S. (Bruges), c.1470-1480. "When King Morbidus heard the pitiful complaint that the people made of this beast, he trusted so much in his own courage and strength, that he went alone against the monster.  However, I have often heard that he is a fool who confides in his own hardihood, for too great hardihood produces rashness, and rashness is not valour..."

Morbidus and the sea monster, Jean of Wavrin, Recueil des croniques d’Engleterre. France, and Netherlands,

Christianus Prolianus and Joachinus de Gigantibus - 'Astronomia' (1478

Christianus Prolianus and Joachinus de Gigantibus. Astronomia “Comparative view of the magnitudes of the Sun (a large disc of gold), the Moon (silver), Mars (gold), Venus (gold), Mercury (gold) and Earth (pale).

[Isolario] Per aprobor questa operata fata per me / Bartolomeo da li Sonetti... 1485

[Isolario] Per aprobor questa operata fata per me / Bartolomeo da li Sonetti.

Flowers of the Sky.  Comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars. Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 52 (erschrocklicher Comet, 1300)

Flowers of the Sky: Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 52 (erschrocklicher Comet,

Antique map of Iceland                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Antique maps of Iceland. This kind of features map is older. Notice how each hill or mountain described is shaped somewhat individually (like it's maybe the shape of the actual hill)

Piri Reis'in Venedik haritası.

Kitab-i Bahriye - Book of the Sea expanded version originally composed 1525 CE by Piri Reis and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman I (“The Magnificent”),

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