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Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps


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From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts that preyed on ships and sailors alike, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures and have become the subject of many tall tales from the sea. Accounts of these creatures have also inspired cartographers and mapmakers, many of whom began decorating their maps with them to indicate unexplored areas or areas about which little was known. Whether swimming vigorously, gamboling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, the sea monsters that appear on medieval and Renaissance maps are fascinating and visually engaging. Yet despite their appeal, these monsters have never received the scholarly attention that they deserve.
In Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps, Chet Van Duzer analyzes the most important examples of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps produced in Europe. Van Duzer begins with the earliest mappaemundi on which these monsters appear in the tenth century and continues to the end of the sixteenth century and, along the way, sheds important light on the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them.
A beautifully designed visual reference work, Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps will be important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of the andldquo;marvelousandrdquo; and of Western conceptions of the ocean.

About the Author

Chet Van Duzer is a Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress.

Table of Contents



Classical Antecedents

The Earliest Medieval Maps with Sea Monsters: Beatus Mappaemundi

and#8220;Let the Waters Bring Forth Abundantlyand#8221;: Sea Monsters in the Creation

Sea Monsters in the Harbor of Brindisi

An Imagined Mappamundi with Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters on the Ceiling

Giant Sea Monsters on Two Small Mappaemundi

and#8220;A Vast Sea Where There is Nothing But the Abode of Monstersand#8221;

Two Monumental Mappaemundi with Few Sea Monsters

Three Sea Monsters Battling in the Atlantic

Pictorial Excursus: The Dangers of Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters on Nautical Charts: Giant Octopuses, Sirens, Sharks

How to Buy a Sea Monster

Whaling Between Myth and Reality

A Nest of Sea Monsters at the Bottom of the World

Whales as Big as Mountains

Terrifying Monsters in the Indian Ocean

A Skeptic about Sea Monsters: Fra Mauro

Pictorial Excursus: Whimsical Sea Monsters

Invented Sea Monsters in the Circumfluent Ocean

The Manuscript with the Most Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters in Printed Editions of Ptolemy

The Sea Monsters of the Earliest Surviving Terrestrial Globe

The Sea Monsters of Waldseemand#252;llerand#8217;s Map of 1507 and Schand#246;nerand#8217;s Globe of 1515

Lighting a Fire on a Whaleand#8217;s Back

Pictorial Excursus: The Cartographic Career of the Walrus

The Debut of the Sea Monsters of the Renaissance

Olaus Magnus and the Most Important Sea Monsters of the Sixteenth Century

Mercatorand#8217;s Globe of 1541: The Influence of Olaus Magnus

The Ulpius Globe: Sea Monsters Before Their Time

The Monster that Stops Ships in Their Tracks

Pictorial Excursus: More Whimsical Sea Monsters

From Sea Dragons to a Sawfish: The Rylands Library Map of 1546

Evidence of a Sea Monster Specialist

The Curious Career of the Flying Turtle

The Eclecticism of Giacomo Gastaldi

The Sea Monsters of Gerard Mercatorand#8217;s Great Map of 1569

Sea Monsters Cavorting Among the Mediterranean Isles

The Sea Monsters Surrounding Iceland in the First Atlas

A Haunting Sea Monster Reappears

Whales Fantastic and Realistic at the End of the Sixteenth Century

Two New World Sea Monsters




Index of Manuscripts

Product Details

Van Duzer, Chet
British Library
Chet Van Duzer
Art-History and Criticism
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115 color plates
9 x 8 in

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