To hear about a detailed map of the New World dated back to 1504 is enough to get any cartography aficionado paying attention. But when that map is in fact a globe, and engraved on an ostrich egg (!), you’d probably triple-check to see if you actually got it right the first time.
As reported by Meeri Kim for The Washington Post, “the globe, about the size of a grapefruit, is labeled in Latin and includes what were considered exotic territories such as Japan, Brazil and Arabia.” It was found by Stefaan Missinne, an Austrian collector who published a comprehensive analysis of the globe on the journal of the Washington Map Society.
We open today’s Vintage InfoDesign with a snapshot of this amazing artifact, and in the Post’s website you’ll find a slideshow with high resolution pictures.
(Via World Digital Library)
(Via Rare Maps)
(Via Big Map Blog)
(Via Full Table)
(Via Modern Mechanix)
(Via SS Camberra)
Hope you’ve enjoyed this selection! We’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams. Meanwhile, you might want to check ourÂ Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of the examples featured here, every week.