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Monumental Legends on Medieval Manuscript Maps Notes on Designed Capital Letters on Maps of Large Size (Demonstrated from the Problem of Dating the Vercelli Map, Thirteenth Century)

Anna-Dorothee von den Brincken
Imago Mundi
Vol. 42 (1990), pp. 9-25
Published by: Imago Mundi, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1151042
Page Count: 17
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Monumental Legends on Medieval Manuscript Maps Notes on Designed Capital Letters on Maps of Large Size (Demonstrated from the Problem of Dating the Vercelli Map, Thirteenth Century)
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Abstract

External characteristics can always be one of different arguments to date a map. The observations made with the dating of the Vercelli map are not definitive. But the result might be, that though the idea of an English provenance as a gift of Cardinal Guala Bicchieri is a fascinating hypothesis, there are many arguments to consolidate the old opinion of Errera, Pasté, and Faccio, who found as well external characteristics for the second half of the thirteenth century as they identified King Philip of France as Philip III, who visited Africa. Object of this study was the reference to historical auxiliary science, which is to be used also by the historians of cartography. The best method might always be the comparison, and modern editions and reproductions of maps allow more research in this domain.

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