World Map in a Fool’s Head c. 1590
“This image is one of the enigmas of cartographic history. The artist, date and place of publication are all unknown. The geography of the map strongly resembles that of the world maps of Ortelius published in the 1580s, giving a tentative date of c.1590.
“Its central visual metaphor is the universality of human folly and various mottoes around the map reinforce that theme. The panel of the left says: “Democritus laughed at it, Heraclitus wept over it, Epichtonius Cosmopolites portrayed it.”
“Although Epichtonius Cosmopolites appears to be the author’s or artist’s name, it translates roughly as “Everyman,” leaving the mapmaker’s true identity hidden.”
- The Image of the World: 20 Centuries of World Maps (Peter Whitfield)
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Lady Alice’s Pets by Moody Studio, c. 1920
A rat in the hand is worth two in the bush…
Key guns, 1600s
‘Jailers’ keys were apparently filled with gun powder to create a primitive gun that could be detonated if there was any trouble when opening a cell door. We found several original versions that back up this claim, dating from the 17th century and of various complexity.’
The knife thrower’s assistant
Radical Larry-This guy is all business all the time. Vibrates through walls, can burrow underground.
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