Catalan Atlas, 14th century

Catalan Atlas, 14th century

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Caption: Catalan Atlas, 14th century. The 6-page Catalan Atlas (1375) was produced on vellum by the Jewish cartographer Abraham Cresques. It was commissioned by the rulers of the Kingdom of Aragon (north-eastern Spain). Two pages are on cosmography, and four on geography. This page shows (from top to bottom) a tide chart, a perpetual calendar, and a zodiacal man (labelled with the constellations of the zodiac). The text is in Catalan. This version is a facsimile (exact reproduction) produced in 1959 by the Spanish scholars Joan Vernet and David Romano. The facsimile pages have been illuminated by hand in colour and gold leaf.

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