Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Silk Road - The Catalan Atlas

Source: Above legend: The caravan of the Polo brothers left the Empire of Sarra to go to Catayo, across the Great Desert (Sarai, on the Edil [Volga], was the capital of the Kipchak Tartars, from which the Polos had set out about 1262.

This 'atlas' was the work of Abraham Cresques who worked in Majorca at the end of the 14th century and was commissioned by Charles V of France at a time when the reputation of the Catalan chart makers was at its peak. Considered the best Majorcan mapmaker of the time: Abraham Cresques.contained the latest information on Asia and China and has subsequently been called "the most complete picture of geographical knowledge as it stood in the later Middle Ages."