Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Carta Marina

Detail from Carta Marina by Magnus Olaus 1572

The Helsinki University National Library of Finland has a database of manuscript items (chronological index) dating back to 1100 A.D. There is a little english in relation to webpage controls but the bibliographic details are in finnish. I spent too much time wandering around as usual but only saw a small sample which included religious, musical, literary and cartographic materials. I love the beasties depicted above surrounding what I'm presuming are the Faroe Islands of today. There are other interesting exhibits around but it's pretty much trial and error. (author database) (Helmi database)
[This foray into Finland came about inadvertently through sitesworld - I'm not sure if it is actually any good in terms of the websites they plug list, but the overall concept has merit.]

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