The impossible 1587 Urbano Monte's World Map

Plissken

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More cool things I found.

More areas in Asia with Tartar tents:

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A South American native and then some giants
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How about some ships firing on some ports
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Dinosaurs and firebird carrying elephant
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What are these guys doing? Don't make me get the hose out!
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The magnetic north pole.
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Two devils and a dragon
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Roman Colosseum in the middle of Africa
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And last but not least, this flying machine in Mediterranean vs da Vinci's flying machine.

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Timeshifter

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Astonishing stuff.

Friesland, Brazil... what kind of catastrophe went down?
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jd755

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Probably just me but this atlas (for that is what it was before this pair did their digital stitching) seems too good to be true in the same manner as the fake globe from a few weeks back.

Here's my evidence, the red bits.

Not much his known about Monte but his work was fascinatingly done in great detail and experts believe it’s quite an advanced map made during that era. The map was digitally restored by David Rumsey, founder of David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, with the help of his nephew.

Because Monte created the map with intricate detail, he was able to depict places correctly. For instance, he created Japan revealing more places compared to other maps made by cartographers during his time. This could be likely because he met with Japanese delegates who visited Milan in 1585, according to David Rumsey.

Having drawn a nice small roundel portrait of himself in 1587, aged 43, he went back 2 years later to add a pasted-over portrait of himself, aged 45, suggesting that he came back to his work after signing off in 1587 (see sheet 42).

Provenance: Sotheby's, May 12th, 1981, lot 53, sold pounds 58,000 ($120,640) to N. Israel; H.P. Kraus catalog 165 Cimelia: A Catalogue of Important Illuminated and Textual Manuscripts Published in Commemoration of the Sale of the Ludwig Collection [to the Getty Museum] January, 1983; sold to present owner.

Almagia, R. "Un prezioso cimelio della cartografica Itatiana: il planisfero di Urbano Monti." La bibliofilia XLIII, 1943, pp 156-193. [The present map unknown to Almagia.] Goss, J.
(map specialist, Sothebys, cataloguer of this map 1981).
"An Unusual Wall Map by Urbano Monti 1954-1613." Map Collector, June 1981, pp 18-22.
Walter, L., ed. Japan: A Cartographic Vision, 1994, Nos 16a, 16b, and 17. Shirley, Mapping of the World, 1983. 239, 246, 247.
D'Ascenzo, Annalisa, Cultura Geografica e Cartografia in Italia fine del Cinquecento: il "Trattato Universale" di Urbano Monte, 2012; Tooley, R.V., Dictionary of Mapmakers, pp 272-273.

In summation;
No provenance prior to 1981.
Earliest mention of map atlas 1943
Unnamed 'experts' giving 'opinion'.
Sotheby's and Getty.
Location or owner of the third atlas not given.
 
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