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Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo

Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith


About a millennium ago, sometime between 1020 and 1050, in Cairo, a large illustrated book on the heavens and the Earth was completed. Modern scholars were unaware of its existence until its recent ‘discovery’ and acquisition in 2002 by the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. It is today referred to as The Book of Curiosities, and it contains a remarkable series of early maps and astronomical diagrams, most of which are unparalleled in any Greek, Latin or Arabic material. The treatise is composed of two parts. The first is on the heavens, moving the reader from the outermost sphere o ... More

Keywords: cartography, astrology, portolans, maritime charts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226540887
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226553405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yossef Rapoport, author
Queen Mary University of London

Emilie Savage-Smith, author
St Cross College, University of Oxford