The Orontius Finaeus World Map

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The name Antartic may have been invented by Aristotle since he imagined the earth to be a sphere with a cold Northpole, the Arktos, and an opposite cold South Pole, the Antarktos.However, it lasted until the nineteenth century before Antarctic was truly discovered. As well the British, as the Russians and the Americans claim to have been the first to set foot on the shores of Antarctica. In any event, a map exist which originates from 1531 that shows Antarctica. This map is created by Oronce Finé (1494-1555), a French mathematician, also known with the Latin name Oronteus Finaeus. Strikingly, the map show at a first glance a remarkable resemblance with the true shape of the continent. Some experts are of the opinion that this map depicts the situation of an ice free Antarctica, however because of the many big discrepancies, this viewpoint is not so very convincing. Moreover, the icecap on Antarctica is hundred of thousands years old (and 4 km thick!). But the question remains how Finé could have known how the island looked, or was it that he just gambled and made a drawing in good faith?

All of our prints are beautifully rendered on 13 by 19 professional heavyweight matte photo paper. All images are printed exactly as shown to order. Old photos and other vintage media sometimes have a bit of blur which we are careful to keep, as we do with the creases in film posters or antique maps so that your print will still carry with it the true character of the original. All prints are carefully rolled for shipping and safely inserted in a high quality shipping tube. When purchased with a frame, we frame the print for you and it is shipped in a high quality shipping box especially designed for frames to ensure it gets to you in mint condition.