An anonymous map of Italy


In the 15th century several maps were drawn of the whole of Italy, by then the most map-conscious part of Europe. The outline and coastal detail were based on charts, but inland features came from other sources, probably including contemporary regional maps from north Italy. On this map from the Cotton manuscript collection, the area around Venice (bottom left) shows the map's great detail – towns, villages, and the elaborate river system. Like others, it is called a 'Modern map' of Italy, as though to supplement the ancient maps of Ptolemy, but being 1.5 metres long it can hardly have been meant to accompany them in an atlas.

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An anonymous map of Italy
15th century
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

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British Library
British Library, Cotton Roll XIII.44

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