The medieval Europeans, raised on a heady brew of folklore, biblical revelation and geopgraphical theory, believed that the southern hemisphere was mainly land. So powerful was the hold of this received wisdom that when geographical discoveries were made in the southern oceans, they were greeted as evidence that the expected continental landmasses might at last have been found. Join writer and historian Granville Allen Mawer for the launch of his latest work, Incognita: The Invention and Discovery of Terra Australis, which tells the story of the inventors who sent the dream abroad, and of the discoverers who brought the reality home. Incognita will be officially launched by the Library's Curator of Maps, Dr Martin Woods.
Monday, 11 November, 2013