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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Klencke Atlas

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Klencke Atlas, the most prized object in the British Library’s maps collection, was presented to Charles II of Britain—a map enthusiast—by Johannes Klencke in 1660, the year Charles ascended the throne. Measuring 5.7 ft high and 7.5 ft wide when open (176 cm x 231 cm) and containing over 40 wall maps, the atlas remained the world’s biggest until 2012. It has recently been digitized and made available on the Library’s online catalog.

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