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A mini print featuring an Anglo-Saxon copy of a lost Roman world map (England, second quarter of the 11th century).
Add some history to your wall with this mini print, celebrating the winner of the #BLWorldMapWorldCup competition held by the British Library Maps department on Twitter in July 2020. Probably drawn in Canterbury between 1025-1050, this map is the only surviving evidence of what a Roman world map is likely to have looked like.
It contains the earliest known, relatively realistic depiction of the British Isles, seen in the bottom left hand corner of this map. Like most early maps, this one has East at the top, nevertheless the British Isles is immediately recognisable, as are the surrounding islands (the Orkneys, Scillies, Channel Islands and the Isles of Man and Wight).
The Cornish peninsula is exaggerated, but perhaps most interesting are the two fighting figures which may represent the conflict between the Saxons and the native Britons in the centuries following the departure of the Romans.
Sold unmounted and unframed, ready for you to mount and frame in your preferred colours.
Please note the image has been cropped slightly to fit print dimensions.
Shelfmark: Cotton MS Tiberius B V/1, f. 56v.
Brand: British Library
Dimensions: Print approx. 36 x 28 cm, image approx. 28 cm x 20.3 cm