Islamic map of the western Mediterranean

Description

This page from a Persian copy of a 10th-century atlas in the British Library's India Office collections is typical of Islamic mapping. The west is at the top: on the left is the coast of north-west Africa and on the right is southern Spain. Each annotated coloured circle represents a city or town.

Full title:
Islamic map of the western Mediterranean
Created:
14th century
Format:
Map
Language:
Persian
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
IO Islamic 1026

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