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Lost Maps of the CaliphsDrawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo$
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Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226540887

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226553405.001.0001

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A Discovery

A Discovery

(p.7) Chapter One A Discovery
Lost Maps of the Caliphs

Yossef Rapoport

Emilie Savage-Smith

University of Chicago Press

The opening chapter presents a somewhat personal account of the ‘discovery’ of the manuscript in 2000 and its subsequent purchase by the Bodleian Library in 2002, made possible by the support of the (UK) Heritage Lottery Fund and other generous donors, including the (UK) National Art Collections Fund. Details of the manuscript’s paper, inks, and pigments are provided, and evidence for dating the copy (Egypt, around 1200) as well as the composition of the treatise itself (also Egypt, between 1020 and 1050). The chapter concludes with a ‘debate’ between the two authors (Y. Rapoport and E. Savage-Smith) as to whether or not the circular world map in our copy of the Book of Curiosities is evidence that the famous ‘Idrisi World Map’ in fact was not by Idrisi but preceded him by some hundred years.

Keywords:   Heritage Lottery Fund, Idrisi, Idrisi World Map, Bodleian Library, National Art Collections Fund

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