Medieval maps from the British Library now available
During Pelagios 3 in 2014/15, the Pelagios team, working with the British Library’s map experts, and funded by the A W Mellon Foundation, collaborated on a project to digitise and explore a collection of medieval maps.
These mappae mundi, itineraries and portolan charts were produced between the the 14th and 15th century CE and were used to create linked data annotations in order to explore how different historical sources might be used together to improve out understanding of how people thought about their world in those periods.
We’re delighted to let you know that these maps are now available to browse, download and use. And add to Recogito, and annotate of course… The datasets include digitised images (300ppi JPEG files), each accompanied by an XML and Excel file containing related catalogue information.
We’ll be keeping a permanent link to this resource on our site, but for now, here’s an overview of what’s available: **spoiler alert: it’s a lot!
Digitised Cornaro Atlas. Egerton MS 73
This dataset comprises of 37 images from a Portolano executed by different Venetian artists between 1489 and 1492, known as the ‘Cornaro Atlas’
Digitised Insularium Illustratum. Additional MS 15760
This dataset comprises of 123 images from the Insularium Illustratum, an account of the islands of the Mediterranean, and of some others produced by Henricus Martellus Germanus in 1495.
Liber insularium Arcipelagi
Digitised Liber insularum Arcipelagi Cotton MS Vespasian a.XIII.art.1
This dataset comprises of 82 images from the Liber insularum Arcipegelagi, an illustrated account of the islands and major ports of the Mediterranean produced by Christophori Bondelmonti around 1422.
Liber insularium Cycladum
Liber insularum Cycladum. Arundel MS 93.art.7
This dataset comprises of 45 images from the Liber insularum Cycladum produced by Christophori Bondelmonti around 1422.
Maps after Ptolemy’s Geographia
Maps after Ptolemy’s Geographia. Burney MS 111
This dataset comprises of 68 images from a Greek manuscript edition of Ptolemy’s Geography containing many diagrams and coloured maps, and produced between the 1375 and 1425.
Portolano. Egerton MS 2855
This dataset comprises of 7 images from a Portolano produced in 1473 by Grazioso Benincasa.
Single Sheets and Supplementary Materials (A selection of individual maps and non-map based medieval materials such as travel accounts).
This dataset comprises of 30 images selected among individual maps and non-map based medieval materials such as travel accounts.
Note: Due to the extreme sizes of some of the zip archives (often well in excess of 4GB), we recommend using a dedicated zip archive application, to open and extract these datasets.