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Discovering the world

“Books let you travel without moving your feet,” says the American author Jhumpa Lahiri. This was already true in the past centuries, when traveling was only for a very few. Some people who didn’t have the opportunity to travel to other places could read about them in books. Maps, illustrations of different cultures and the monuments of Rome showed the people at home what the other side of the world looked like. Take a look at these travel accounts and atlases to see how people perceived the world in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. 

A Custom-made City Atlas

A Monumental Account of the Eternal City 

A Luxurious Travel Journal


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