16th Century Historical World Map Stitched Together

Portraits of Urbano Monte. Two years after the map was finished, but under revision, Monte added a new self-portrait pasted on top of his old one. As it is hinged, it’s possible to lift it up.

Monte also included climate, changes to the amount of daylight, and distances within regions in addition to geographic information.

world mapChart showing length of days and nights during different times of the year

Eclipse of the sun

After re-projecting the map, Rumsey was able to place this historical hand-drawn map on Google Earth.

world mapMonte’s Planisphere georeferenced and re-projected as Plate Caree or Geographic