CAIRO – 14 August 2022: The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University displays a collection of medieval and early modern maps in an exhibition entitled “The World in Maps:1400-1600”.
It displays manuscript maps and travel documents of historical interest from the late medieval and early modern period.
Among the most important of these maps is the Journal of Magellan's Voyage (1525). It is the oldest eyewitness account of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world, which was written by Italian officer Antonio Pigafetta, according to the library. This journal was nominated for inclusion in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Archive.
Also, a collection of manuscripts on medieval astrology is on display, including the "Canterbury Tales Book: The Treatise on the Astrolabe," by Geoffrey Chaucer, and the Vinland Map - that infamous map that the Yale Institute for Cultural Preservation proved to be a fake last year.
The World in Maps exhibition is scheduled to run until January 8, 2023.