Sea Monsters on Medieval (Paperback / Softback)Chet van DuzerFolklore, Myths & Legends

  • Paperback / Softback
  • 128, 115 colour Pages / Published 18 Sep 2014
  • 1 In stock


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The sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps, whether swimming vigorously, gambolling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, are one of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, and yet they have never been carefully studied. The subject is important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of the ‘marvellous’ and of western conceptions of the ocean. Moreover, the sea monsters depicted on maps can supply important insights into the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them.

In this highly-illustrated book the author analyzes the most important examples of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps produced in Europe, beginning with the earliest mappaemundi on which they appear in the tenth century and continuing to the end of the sixteenth century.

Additional information

Weight 626 g
Dimensions 239 × 13 mm



British Library Publishing


The British Library Publishing Division

Date of Publication

18 Sep 2014

By (author)

Chet van Duzer


128, 115 colour


Paperback / softback


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