The map, acquired in September by the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, is finally on exhibit as Monte wanted it. Scholars scanned the book and digitally assembled it according to Monte’s instructions, allowing the public to see the world and the magical creatures Monte illustrated 430 years ago. [Read more about the Renaissance Map]
In 1587, Italian cartographer Urbano Monte completed a world map with a unique perspective. Rather than drawing the Earth on a rectangular sheet, as many maps are displayed today, Monte drew the world on 60 different pages, and left instructions for how they should be displayed as if a viewer were looking down on the globe from the North Pole.