The Printing of the Map

The Printing of the Map
Latitude and Longitude
The Earth's Shapes

Both Waldseemüller’s globe and his wall map were printed from woodblocks. The globe was easier. The hand-drawn image of the world was carved (in reverse so it would print legibly) on a single block of wood. This wood block was inked for each copy (impression) of the globe and then was printed on paper using a hand printing press.

Sample Woodcut

A woodcut sample from Vespucci's Voyages.
Young Navigator link

magnifying glassUnder the Magnifying Glass

The Globe

East 3 gores detail
Near East Detail
Far East Detail
Amercia detail

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