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The whole Earth is not solid but everywhere gaping, and hollowed with empty rooms and spaces, and hidden burrows. An unusual map of South America showing a giant imaginary aquifer in the Andes Mountains, from Mundis Subterraneus (The Underground World) by Athanasius Kircher, 1665 (via Geisterseher)

The Hell of Dante by Pietro da Fino, 1568

Purple & blue mermaid art

478 - The Shotgun Tracts of the Lower Mississippi

Mississippi’s frontage from Baton Rouge south to New Orleans

Magnificent Maps: Cartography as Power, Propaganda, and Art

1804 copy of perhaps the first ‘modern’ world map, made by the Venetian monk Fra Mauro in about 1450. It points south because 15th-century compasses were south-pointing. It shows the Portuguese discoveries in Africa and questioned the authority of medieval and classical sources. Intended for display in Venice, it emphasizes the feats of Marco Polo. The British East India Company commissioned this copy, thus implying that Britain was heir to the Portuguese empire.

The whole Earth is not solid but everywhere gaping, and hollowed with empty rooms and spaces, and hidden burrows. An unusual map of South America showing a giant imaginary aquifer in the Andes Mountains, from Mundis Subterraneus (The Underground World) by Athanasius Kircher, 1665

Food Maps

South America Food Map

Athanasius Kircher, Hydrophilacium Africæ From Kircher’s Mundus subterraneus. Amsterdam, 1665

Antique map South America