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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Showing two unique items, Frau Mauro Map and The Deep pop-up book

Two unique items Frau Mauro Map and The Deep pop-up book will be shown in the Rare Book Room, Waldo Library on two separate afternoons in November. Due to their large size, this is a rare opportunity for easy viewing of these newer acquisitions.

Two of their largest works, the Frau Mauro Map facsimile and The Deep by Kevin Steele, called the Land and Sea exhibit, will be in the Special Collections reading room for patrons and staff. The graphic below furnishes a glimpse into these special works.

The Frau Mauro Map will be on display on Monday, November 7 from noon - 4:30pm. It was made around the year 1450 in Venice (Italy) in the renaissance style. It is one of the most precious and well known works preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice. Unusual for medieval European maps, Fra Mauro map is oriented with South at the top. It is full of details and inscriptions about explorers’ discoveries of the era. Impressive at 98 inches square (250 cm).

The Deep by Kevin Steele will be on Monday, November 14 from noon - 4:30pm.
It is an accordion-bound pop-up book, which unfolds to an oversized eight-point compass rose. The author describes the piece: "The Deep is a tribute to maritime folklore and tradition developed over centuries of nautical exploration. The ocean, which remains immense and mysterious in our own time, was all the more enchanting and terrifying to sailors in an era when being at sea meant a profound isolation from civilization in oft uncharted waters and dangerous passages ... The lore presented here represents a small fraction of the nautical traditions that sailors looked to for guidance and protection in a dangerous profession." -  a great example of an art book in the Special Collections and Rare Books room at WMU.

Contact Susan Steuer, Head, Special Collections and Rare Books Room, (269) 387-5221