I did some more work on the map book this week. I started out with a couple of things that are not maps:
a page of some of the world’s religions which will be folded like the puzzle purse valentine I posted about here,
Then I got to work on some facsimiles of real maps.
This is a record of the sky above ancient Nineveh circa 3300 BCE. It can function as a primitive astrolabe.
This is the oldest map ever found: Nippur, circa 1400 BCE.
I printed facsimiles of a 14th century Korean star map
and a planisphaerium coeleste from 1850.
I also printed a version of a world map originally produced by Justus Danckerts in Amsterdam in 1680. (You can make a pretty good guess at the age of the map from the blank area in North America.)
Finally I printed a facsimile of the Ebstorf map created in Northern Germany in the 13th century. It is pretty much unreadable having been reduced to fit in a pocket when folded. The original was painted on 30 goatskins and measured 3.6 metres by 3.6 metres (12 feet by 12 feet). It is still obvious that it is a mappa mundi similar to the Hereford map, with the head of Christ at the top.
I folded it using what I learned as the napkin fold. If you pull on opposite corners, the map opens automatically.
I still have all the other maps to fold, and a few more things to print, cut, and assemble or fold, but I will be switching projects this week: putting finishing touches on my presentation on Altered Books for next Saturday, and completing my entry for the dot / dash exhibition at we love your books. The latter has changed a lot since I last mentioned it, so you may be surprised when you see what it turned into. You will likely have to wait until July 3rd to read about it as I will be posting about the CBBAG Saskatchewan year-end wrap up (Saturday, June 25) next Sunday.
I also finished another gallon of stars for The Wishing Star Project, but I didn’t take a picture: it would have been boring as the stars were all blue.