Psalter, with additional hymns and prayers and a medieval world map ('The Map Psalter'). Probably London/Westminster, 1260s. Jerusalem in the center, surrounded by a zone of winds. The Psalter map is so called because it acompanied a 13th century copy of the Book of Psalms. One of the earliest maps with Jerusalem in the centre, reflecting the medieval world view. It is the earliest surviving map to depict Biblical events, for instance Moses crossing the Red Sea (the large red expanse, top right), and the earliest to display the "monstrous" races in Africa (the strange figures, some without heads, depicted on the right-hand edge). Jesus Christ appears in the East as the maps of Christian Middle Ages have East above, not North, giving a blessing with his right hand. Add.28681.
British Library, London, Great Britain
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