Star struck

Maps illuminating 16th to 19th century explorations around the world and as far-reaching as the heavens are treasures held in Raynor Memorial Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. Maps shown:

  • Piscatoria et Nautica, 1685. This work by the Neapolitan Jesuit Nicola Giannattasio is considered one of the best poems on fishing and other aquatic animals from the 17th century. The poem addresses the discovery of America, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Havana. The majority of the plates in this piece reflect scenes of navigation, including this one of an individual using what is likely an astrolabe, which was used to determine latitude and/or time, and to survey or triangulate.


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