Every time we have a class in looking at our medieval manuscripts, someone asks about when people started to wear eyeglasses.

Well, yesterday we turned up a visual example in an unexpected place!  In a class on the history of maps yesterday, we found these early glasses on one of the twelve winds illustrated on this world map that folds out of the encyclopedia Margarita Phylosophica, from 1504.  (The map is an early 20th century facsimile of the original that had been removed from this copy, sometime in its history).

If you want to read more about medieval glasses, check out these two posts from Erik Kwakkel:  [1] [2]

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