More About Waldseemüller

Waldseemüller gores (James Ford Bell Library)

More on Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 world map, the 500th anniversary of which is being celebrated this year.

The Library of Congress reports that construction of the hermetically sealed encasement for their copy of the map — the last surviving copy of the map (rather than the globe gores) — is now under way. Via MapHist.

As for the globe gores, there are four surviving copies, one of which is at the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota, which has a page commemorating the anniversary, pages about Waldseemüller, and pages about the gores in particular. Where the map is quite large, the globe the gores would make would be quite small: only a few inches across, and with a concomitant reduction in detail. Via Map the Universe.

Previously: Waldseemüller Map Formally Transferred; Waldseemüller Map Stamp Issued; Encasing Waldseemüller’s Map; Waldseemüller’s Map Goes for £545,600; Auction of First Map of the New World.

Image credit: James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota.