JCB Fellow's Talk: Chet Van Duzer

February 14, 2018 - 4:00pm

Chet Van Duzer (Independent Scholar), David Rumsey Map Center-John Carter Brown Library Fellow

"Urbano Monte's World Map of 1587: Sources and Development"

Cartographic historian Chet Van Duzer discusses a spectacular Italian world map made in 1587 by the Milanese noble Urbano Monte. The map consists of 60 manuscript sheets designed to be assembled in to a map on a north polar projection about 10.5 feet in diameter, and mounted so that it could be rotated about its center. The map features a large and distinctive hypothetical southern continent, and a depiction of Japan based on recent information, and a rich program of decoration. This talk will show how Monte made use of his many sources, both textual and cartographic, to create this unique and captivating image of the world.

The Reading Room will close to researchers at 3:30 pm.