Untitled [Map Of The 'Isle Des Rats']
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Untitled map of 'Isle des Rats', dominated by a large horned animal, set in text. Although there are no clues in the text as to the location of the island, it appears to have been visited by Thevet, who visited - or claimed to have visited - the West Indies and South America. In the same author's 'Grand Insulaire', a manuscript map of the island comes in the section of islands of the West Indies and West Africa. This bizarre depiction shows a dog-like creature with a single horn above its eyes and European sailors landing on the island where they can be seen killing other creatures, perhaps the rats after which the island is named.
region: General West Indies Maps
mapmaker: A. Thevet
place and date of publication: Paris 1577
medium and colour: woodblock, Uncolouredref: 24385
size in mm: 135 by 165mm (5.25 by 6.5 inches).
Price: £ 260£ 156
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