Champ de Mars - Trocadéro: map of the Universal Exposition in Paris, 1900
The trash can of my mind
Map of the world, from a manuscript of Il Dittamondo by Fazio degli Uberti (1447). The Dittamondo is a didactic poem composed under Dante’s influence, that describes the known world through an imaginary journey. Like Farinata, his most famous ancestor, Fazio degli Uberti was a Ghibelline.
Japanese world map, early XIXth century (from the Library of Congress). Quite remarkable is the exaggerated size of Japan, in the center of the map; also, the illustrated guide to foreign people that accompanies the map. I’m curious about the legend, since I don’t read Japanese.