sea-monsters-on-medieval-and-renaissance-maps

You know all of those sea monsters and mermaids that appear on old maps? The ones that terrorized mariners of old? Well there are a lot of stories and history behind them. And author Chet Van Duzer wrote a book that delves into a lot of them. Taking cues from cartographers who believed they were important enough to include on their maps, Chet focuses on European maps in his book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. The illustrations are a visual treat, and the stories bring them to life.

This book looks amazing:

‘Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps’
by Chet Van Duzer

Associated images:
http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.fr/2013/08/map-monsters.html

[L]: “A single-horned aquatic bull from the twelfth century painted ceiling in the Church of St Martin in Zillis, Switzerland.”

[R]: “An aquatic elephant, probably intended for a walrus, from the twelfth century painted ceiling in the Church of St Martin in Zillis, Switzerland.”