Pictorial maps from long ago

An absolutely fascinating collection of maps, from the 12th century to the 20th century. A post from http://io9.gizmodo.com

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While each of these maps is incredibly striking, it isn't always easy to recognize the places within them as spots on our Earth. Some of them look straight out a J.R.R. Tolkien novel, while others are more fanciful takes on familiar countries.

 

The World Map from the Saint-Sever Beatus, an apocalypse manuscript from the mid-11th century

 

 

To see the rest of the maps, click on the link.

Source: http://io9.gizmodo.com/these-rarely-seen-maps-turn-earth-into-a-land-from-a-fa-1603462124