|Image credit Washington Map Society|
What may be the oldest globe to depict the New World is engraved on two conjoined halves of ostrich eggs.
The grapefruit sized egg, dated 1504, is labeled in Latin and includes territories such as Japan, Brazil and Arabia. North America is depicted as a group of scattered islands. The globe’s lone sentence, above the coast of Southeast Asia, is “Hic Sunt Dracones” (Here Be Dragons).
The Austrian owner bought the egg map in 2012 at the London Map Fair.
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