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June 07, 2004

Marvel for the eyes

The earliest known map using the name of England is to go on display at the Bodleian Library.

A previously unknown medieval Arabic map with the earliest representation of an identified 'England' - a tiny, egg-shaped lump - is to go on public display in Oxford. The unique and, until now, unseen map is part of a manuscript called the Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels, which was originally put together, probably in the Nile Delta region, at some point before AD1050 and was then copied around 150 years later in Egypt.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 7, 2004 08:36 AM

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