Carta Marina, 1567 Edition

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Carta Marina, from DL45 .O43 1567 Rare, Museum Library

In my previous post, I mentioned that the Library has a 1567 Latin edition of Olaus Magnus’ Historia Olai Magni Gothi archiepi scopi vpsalensis, de gentium septentrionalium (History of the Northern Peoples).  It contains a simplified woodcut of his famous Carta Marina map.  Unfortunately, I was not able to show a photograph of it due to its condition and the difficulty of photographing it.

Thanks to the efforts of Brock Switzer, cultural heritage photographer, and Emilie Duncan, paper conservator, I can now share an image of the 1567 edition of the Carta Marina.   Read more

Treasures from the Archives

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Abraham Ortelius, Septentrionalivm regionvm descrip., c. 1609-1612, MSM1– 0125

The Museum’s archives are full of wonderful and seldom seen objects that span over 500 years of maritime history. As the archivist, I derive infinite pleasure from discovering such items and making them accessible to the public.  Some of my favorite discoveries have been in the collection of maps and atlases, including the map illustrated above.

This map of Northwest Europe was originally printed in the 1570 edition of Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum orbis terrarium (Theatre of the World), which is widely considered as the first modern atlas.  Between 1570 and 1612, thirty-one editions of the Theatrum orbis terrarium were printed.  The Library owns a 1592 edition of the atlas, in addition to a number of separate maps by Ortelius that once graced the many editions of Theatrum orbis terrarium.   Read more

New exhibit: "Imagined Depths: Sea Monsters in Cartographic History"

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Good afternoon, Readers!

I wanted to share some great news with you today. Do you recall this post from January, “Rare Maps & Sea Monsters“? Well Mariaelena DiBenigno has been very busy since then curating, “Imagined Depths: Sea Monsters in Cartographic History”, an exhibit that is now on display at The Mariners’ Museum Library.   Read more

Rare Maps & Sea Monsters

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Good afternoon, readers!

Mariaelena DiBenigno is a special guest blogger today as a graduate student in the William and Mary American Studies Program.  She has been an intern with us for a few months and she has been working exclusively with our rare map collection. In addition to cataloging these resources, she’s been on the hunt for something more…
Read on to see what she has been up to!   Read more

ATTENTION: Wooldridge Talk Tonight!

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Hey everyone! This is just a reminder that at 7pm tonight, the renowned map collector William C. Wooldridge is launching his new book at an event right here at The Mariners’ Museum! Published by the University of Virginia Press, Wooldridge’s Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War contains hundreds of maps and represents a lifetime spent meticulously detailing the evolution of chartography during Virginia’s formative history. For those of you who can’t wait for the event to start, you can stop by The Mariners’ Museum Library anytime before 9pm and see some beautiful Dutch maps from the Wooldridge collection on display. The exhibit is called “Charting the New World: Dutch Maps from the Wooldridge Collection,” and is an excellent companion piece to the Wooldridge event at 7pm.  

The event will be held in The Mariners’ Museum Concourse area near the admissions desk. It will feature a lecture by Mr. Wooldridge himself and a display of some of his finest and rarest maps, followed by a light reception and a book signing. Remember, it starts at 7pm tonight, so bring your books!