Wednesday, January 20, 2010

HoS Micropost: Matteo Ricci’s World Map

Posted by Darin Hayton on 01/20 at 02:42 PM

The Library of Congress recently put Matteo Ricci’s wold map on display. The map was made in 1602, apparently commissioned by the Chinese emperor Wanli. Ricci’s map is the earliest Chinese map to name the Americas.

Enlargement from Matteo Ricci’s World Map

(Source: Detail from “A Big Map That Shrank the World,” NY Times)

The map will hang in the gallery near the Waldseemüller map (1507), the first map to name the Americas.

After the exhibition, the LOC intends scan the map to make it available to scholars and students.

See the press announcement from the Library of Congress here

See “A Big Map that Shrank the World,”a nice article in today’s NY Times.

Tags: exhibitions, maps