French MS 1* Mappemonde

Images of French MS 1*, the  impressive Mappemonde (Map of the World) created in 1546 by Pierre Desceliers, are now available to view in our online image collection. In a previous post we took you behind the scenes of digitising this extraordinary map.

Measuring 2.6m x 1.3m it was not only a challenge to digitise, but also required a team of four members of Collection Care staff to transport the item from the stores for photography. The item is too big for us to digitise in our usual photography studio, so we converted the Spencer Room of John Rylands Library for the day.

Please click on the following link to view the images: French MS 1*

French MS 1* Mappemonde (JRL1118330)

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