Smart Phones And GPS Give Us Many Possible Routes To Navigate Our Daily Commute, Warn Us Of Traffic And Delays, And Tell Us Where To Find A Cup Of Coffee But What If There Were Sea Serpents And Giant Man Eating Lobsters Waiting Just Off Course If We Were To Lose Our Way Would There Be An App For That In The Sixteenth Century, These And Other Monsters Were Thought To Swim The Northern Waters, Threatening Seafarers Who Ventured Too Far From Shore Thankfully, Scandinavian Mariners Had Olaus Magnus, Who In 1539 Charted These Fantastic Marine Animals In His Influential Map Of The Nordic Countries, The Carta Marina In Sea Monsters, Well Known Expert On Magical Beasts Joseph Nigg Brings Readers Face To Face With These Creatures, Alongside The Other Magnificent Components Of Magnus S Map.Nearly Two Meters Wide In Total, The Map S Nine Wood Block Panels Comprise The Largest And First Realistic Portrayal Of Northern Europe But In Addition To These Important Geographic Elements, Magnus S Map Goes Beyond Cartography To Scenes Both Domestic And Mystic Close To Shore, Magnus Shows Humans Interacting With Common Sea Life Boats Struggling To Stay Afloat, Merchants Trading, Children Swimming, And Fisherman Pulling LinesBut From The Offshore Deeps Rise Some Of The Most Magical And Terrifying Sea Creatures Imaginable At The Time Or Thereafter Like Sea Swine, Whales As Large As Islands, And The Kraken In This Book, Nigg Provides A Thorough Tour Of The Map S Cartographic Details, As Well As A Colorful Look At Its Unusual Pictorial And Imaginative Elements He Draws On Magnus S Own Text To Further Describe And Illuminate The Inventive Scenes And To Flesh Out The Stories Of The Monsters Sea Monsters Is A Stunning Tour Of A World That Still Holds Many Secrets For Us Land Dwellers, Who Will Forever Be Fascinated By Reports Of Giant Squid And The Real Life Creatures Of The Deep That Have Proven To Be As Bizarre And Otherworldly As We Have Imagined For Centuries It Is A Gorgeous Guide For Enthusiasts Of Maps, Monsters, And The Mythic. 3.5 stars, but rounded up to 4 mostly because of the dust jacket folding out into a repro of the Carta Marina The background info on the map overall was excellent, but some of the essays on the creatures did seem a bit stretched for info, vague, or repetitive However, the general history of the entire thing is too awesome not to give really any less than 3.5 stars.Searching and finding all the keys on the overall map was epic fun, and it made me wish that the book focused on all of the keys on all sections of the map, and not just the sea monsters There were some gems on land as well as in the sea My favorite key doesn t have a fancy illustrati Finally focused on it long enough to finish This feels like a reference book than anything, so it definitely got tedious I have a plethora of new resources to check out, though, and I was able to take a lot of notes on different sea monsters and their traits and some of their allegorical purposes. Today s post is on Sea Monsters A Voyage Around the World s Most Beguiling Map by Joseph Nigg It is 159 pages long including and index The cover is a picture of the map that the book is about The intended reader is someone who is interested in history, sea monsters, and maps There is no language, no sex, and no violence in this book The story of the map is told in third person There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the dust jacket Smart phones and GPS give us many possible routes to navigate out daily commute, warn us of traffic problems and delays, and tell us where to find a cup of coffee But what if there were sea serpents and giant man eating lobsters waiting just off course if we were to lose our way Would there be an app for that In the sixteenth century, these and other monster were thought to swim the northern water, threatening seafarers who ventured too far from shore Thankfully, Scandinavian mariners had Oluas Magnus, who in 1539 charted these fantastic marine animals in his influential map of the Nor Beautifully illustrated, which is the main point, but the scholarship s not the most insightful ever More depth would be nice, but as a coffee table book it s very nice. The Carta Marina is fabulous.This book has good quality reproductions and some interesting information, albeit not the most exciting prose style However, Nigg didn t seem to have enough material to fill a full length hardback there is lots of wasted space, with blank pages and the same details from the map being reproduced multiple times U I loved this Was so sad to have it recalled to the library before I could finish. to look into A paper voyage through the sea monster infested waters of Olaus Magnus s 16th century Carta marina A fun book with a great layout The inside of the dustjacket folds out into a reproduction of the map, but since I borrowed my copy from a library Beautiful but lacks the information I was hoping in the descriptions.