Be it Atlantis or Mordor, artists and cartographers have long been fixated with creating visual representations of lands no living human has ever visited. Novelist and essayist Umberto Eco explores the worlds that have been created by religions, folklore, and literary fiction in his latest collection of essays, The Book of Legendary Lands [Rizzoli Ex Libris , $45.00].
Below, you'll find extraordinary maps that depict early representations of the world (back when we thought it was flat, rather than round), in addition to visualizations of the journey Ulysses travels in Homer's epic, and the fabled "lost city" of Atlantis:
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