• Asa Simon Mittman deposited The Vercelli Map on Humanities Commons 2 weeks ago

    The Vercelli Map, one of the largest maps to survive from the Middle Ages, has not received the attention it merits (Plate IV). This is likely the result of its very poor state of preservation, which has been a constant theme in what little has been published on it.’ There are several studies that make brief mention of the map, and a few studies focused on it. The most significant publication is Carlo E Capello’s 1976 volume, Il mappamondo medioevale di Vercelli, 11911218 which includes a transcription of its inscriptions by region and an alphabetical gazetteer of toponyms.? In essence, the Vercelli Map has been noticed in a number of studies of medieval geography and cartography, but there have not been any sustained discussions of it since Anna-Dorothee von den Brincken’s 1990 essay. The Vercelli Maps scholarly neglect and the substantial conceptual transformations in the history of cartography since the 1990s makes this map ripe for reappraisal; fortunately, recent technological developments make it newly available for examination.