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The Hereford Mappa Mundi, "The Greatest Extant Thirteenth Century Pictorial Manuscript"

Circa 1300
<p>A section of the Hereford Mappa Mundi, preserved at Hereford Cathedral.</p>

A section of the Hereford Mappa Mundi, preserved at Hereford Cathedral.

The Hereford Mappa Mundi preserved at Hereford Cathedral, in Hereford, England, was drawn by "Richard of Haldingham or Lafford" (Holdingham and Sleaford in Lincolnshire) about 1300. It is the largest complete medieval world map. 

"Superimposed on to the continents are drawings of the history of humankind and the marvels of the natural world. These 500 or so drawings include images of around 420 cities and towns, 15 Biblical events, 33 plants, animals, birds and strange creatures, 32 images of the peoples of the world and 8 pictures from classical mythology. '... it is without parallel the most important and most celebrated medieval map in any form, . . . and certainly the greatest extant thirteenth-century pictorial manuscript" (Christopher de Hamel, quoted on the Hereford Cathedral website, accessed 07-16-2011)."

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