Breaking the waves in mapping
Sailors once depended on these maps to navigate their way across the seas. The exhibit includes an extended version of Joan Blaeu’s renowned atlas, which was first printed in the mid-1660s. It outlined the entirety of the known world. Additional charts featured in the exhibition date back to 1482. And although you can only view one or two pages of these very rare books in their climate-controlled cabinets, much of the content has also been digitised to help convey their majestic details.

More details are mapped out on Het Scheepvaartmuseum’s website.

[Photo: Atlas Ortelius 1597. Copyright: Het Scheepvaartmuseum]