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Number: 3856
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1283
Title: [Hereford Mappamundi] Hanc quam videtis terrarum orbis tabulam : descripsit delineavitque Ricardus de Haldingham sive de Bello dictus A.S. circa M.C.C.C.
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Language: Latin
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Other Contributors: Hereford Cathedral
Ricardus de Haldingham.
Edward Luther Stevenson
Edward Stanford
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Notes: Ruderman source # 66477 , very rare map; original manuscript at Hereford Cathedral c. 1280 is listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register; neither the Edward Standford engraved facsimile c. 1869-1872, nor the Stevenson photo c.1900are in Afriterra Library]; Edward Luther Stevenson's Facsimile of the original Mappamundi manuscipt, Hereford c.1280. Early photographic reproduction of the Edward Stanford chromolithograph facsimile of the Hereford Mappamundi, perhaps the most famous world map from the British Isles. The well-known map of the world is an altar-piece in Hereford Cathedral, made by or for Richard of Haldingham. The map is shaped in an oval with Jerusalem in the center. The Stanford chromolithograph of the Hereford map is itself extremely rare and valuable today; The Edward Luther Stevenson Collection Edward Luther Stevenson was among the most important scholars of early cartography active at the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. He was responsible for numerous cartobibliographic books, including the first translation of Ptolemy to English, as well as a series of impressive facsimile maps produced while he was at the Hispanic Society of New York. Dr. Stevenson viewed facsimiles as integral to the study of early cartography, and he committed himself to building an unparalleled collection of photographs of early maps and globes. Much of his collection was donated to Yale University after his death (click on the title link above for about that), but the present item comes from a large collection of photos, manuscripts, and related material that were part of Stevenson's library, but were not donated to Yale. It is truly an impressive collection and many of the items, though reproductions, have serious antiquarian merit. As Alexander O. Vietor said about Stevenson collection that went to Yale "this is the stuff of which great libraries are made."
Last updated: Jan 14, 2021