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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

And then there were six

Radio Praha reports the discovery of a rare 16th century nautical atlas in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia.

While moving a safe containing rare documents to a new building, historians at the Research Library in Olomouc, found a seven-page nautical atlas that was hand-made in 1563. The richly coloured parchment with gold and silver linings shows the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the northern part of the Atlantic. Made by the Catalan cartographer Jaume Olives, there are only five others in the world - in Barcelona, New York, Florence, Milan, and Valenciennes in France.

If anyone can read Czeck, supposedly the maps have been digitized and are available on their website: I can't but that site is an amazing map source!

Many thanks to B. Russell for this story lead.

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