Thanks to my good friend in the Netherlands, I can show you some new items I recently added to my 'odd stamp' collection.
One of the world's first cartographers is the Turkish (Ottoman).
Hadji Ahmed Muhiddin Piri (Piri Reis), born between 1465 and 1470, was an Ottoman Captain, geographer and cartographer who is mainly know for his outstanding work in world maps and charts, collected in his famous 'book of navigation'.
This book, published in 1521 and 1525, but prepared in 1513, was only 'recently' discovered in 1929, in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
It is the oldest known Turkish made map of the 'new world', only few years after Colombus' (re)discovery of the Americas.
The accuracy of the maps is so outstanding that it took over 300 years before the admirals of the British Empire were able to redesign the world map with more modern technology.
|Piri Reis' map of Europe - 16th century|
|Full sheetlet - Piri Reis|
|detail - top stamps|
|detail - bottom stamps|
The sheetlet was issued in 2013 - 500 years after Piri's version.