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The Book of Navigation

The Book of Navigation
An enchanting collection of maps and charts detailing important ports and cities of the Mediterranean Sea by Piri Reis, an Ottoman admiral, geographer, and cartographer. Included in this gallery are maps of Cairo, Venice, Nardo, Gallipoli, and oases along the Nile, rendered in bright jewel tones and gilding. Browse the entire book at the Walters Art Museum.

“God has not granted the possibility of mentioning all the aforementioned things (i.e cultivated and ruined places, harbours and waters around the shores and islands of the Mediterranean, and the reefs and shoals in the water) in a map since, when all is said and done, [a map] is a summary. Therefore experts in this science have drawn up what they call a ‘chart’ with a pair of compasses according to a scale of miles, and it is written directly on to a parchment. ”
— Hadji Muhiddin Piri Ibn Hadji Mehmed (Piri Reis)

Be sure to check out the links below to learn more about Piri Reis and his map of the New World!

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