Thanks to google I found this wonderful map from 1581. Many of the ancient maps feature Jerusalem. Here the holy city sits in the centre of the world.
I am intrigued by visual detail - especially when you consider the fine line that would be hand etched and painted. Here is a close up of the merman and fishes swimming in the sea - and the galleon too.
The other thing that strikes me is that of many of the ancient maps have a mandala sort of effect - they have a centre which leads the eye in and out and they are calm or calming. I love the way the ocean is captured so simply with black ink lines and limited colour. This is one thing that I will sample in fibre in a couple of different ways
There will be more on maps - I will post some drawings and fibre samples as I keep researching.