Over on his Renaissance Mathematicus blog, Thony Christie has written a typically entertaining and informative post about the sixteenth-century cartographer Abraham Ortelius. (If you don't follow Thony's blog, then you jolly well ought to.)
I can't add anything of any value to Thony's post, but it did remind me that, earlier this month, I photographed three wonderful seventeenth-century maps in the Doge's Palace museum in Venice. So I thought I'd post them here (even though the lighting was dreadful). The first one looks as if it belongs in Indiana Jones's dad's notebook.
Italian caption accompanying exhibit:
Philip (Philips) Galle, ‘Europa’, in Philip Galle, ‘Theatro d'Abrahamo Ortelio ridotto in forma piccolo’, Anversa 1593
Carta geografica a stampa, inserta in volume
Venezia, Biblioteca del Museo Correr