klencke atlas


It’s hard to grasp the scope and size of this atlas, but watching three men wrangle it onto a cart really gave me a better understanding! Truly an impressive and gorgeous assembly of art and knowledge.

From the BBC:

The Klencke Atlas […] was made for Charles II to mark his restoration in 1660. But whilst being one of the British Libraries most important items, it is also one of its most fragile so hardly ever opened. This is a unique opportunity to see inside this enormous and lavish work, and see the world through the eyes of a King.