The Carta Marina inspired and influenced marine zoologists and cartographers for centuries, and this book will delight all those whose imaginations are touched by its exotic subject. --Good Book Guide
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. --Jonathan Crowe blog
In a beautiful new exploration of the Carta Marina, Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World s Most
Beguiling Map, scholar Joseph Nigg dives deep into the history and wide influence of Olaus' bizarre
About the Author
Joseph Nigg is one of the world s leading experts on fantastical animals. Since publication of The Book of Gryphons (Apple-Wood Books, 1982), his exploration of the rich cultural lives of mythical creatures has garnered multiple awards and been translated into more than twenty languages. Recent works range from the scholarly Book of Fabulous Beasts: A Treasury of Writings from Ancient Times to the Present (Oxford University Press, 1999) to the whimsical bestseller, How to Raise and Keep a Dragon (Barron s Educational, 2006).