The British Library has announced that the Klencke Atlas will have its first-ever public showing this summer as part of a map exhibition.

It is almost absurdly huge – 1.75 metres (5ft) tall and 1.9 metres (6ft) wide – and was given to [Charles II] by Dutch merchants and placed in his cabinet of curiosities.


At the time of its creation, it was intended as “an encyclopaedic summary of the world.”


via Neatorama