Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World's Most Beguiling Map - Joseph Nigg

Even those not familiar with Olaus Magnus’s 1539 map, Carta Marina, will recognize the beautiful and terrible creatures that are the focus of Joseph Nigg’s book, Sea Monsters (Univ. of Chicago, $40). A chief source of Renaissance sea-monster iconography, Magnus’s depictions still play a role in how we think about mythical sea creatures like sea serpents and krakens. Sea Monsters analyzes each of Carta Marina’s individual images, examining the historic, scientific, and cultural importance of the monsters and highlighting the map’s artistry and intended practicality. A fascinating read for cartophiles, history buffs, and art lovers alike, Sea Monsters is a complete guide to the most influential sea- monster map.

Sea Monsters: A Voyage around the World's Most Beguiling Map By Joseph Nigg Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226925165
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: University of Chicago Press - August 22nd, 2013