Map of European region, 1552

Map of European region, 1552

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Caption: Map of European region, 16th century. This map shows the border area between south-eastern France, north-western Italy, and Switzerland, with cities, rivers and mountains marked. The text labels are in Latin, including the compass points. Lines of latitude and longitude and a scale (upper right) are also included. The Mediterranean coast (bottom) and Lake Geneva (upper centre) are also shown. This map is from the 1552 edition of Sphaera Mundi (Sphere of the World), by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555). This was an astronomy textbook with woodcut illustrations by Fine. It was first published in 1542.

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