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The Bodleian Library has a copy of the Tabula Rogeriana map. The Tabula Rogeriana is an Arabic worldmap, created by the geogrpaher and mapmaker Muhammad al-Idrisi. He made the map in 1154. He made it based on 18 years of work at the court of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily.
It’s a milestone in mapmaking because it is a realistic map of what was known about the world at that time (12the century).
You will notice from the map that the north is down.
Ten manuscript copies of the Tabula Rogeriana currently survive.Two are in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, including the oldest, dated to about 1300. Another copy, made in Cairo in 1456, is in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
The Bodleian Library (/ˈbɒdliən/, /bɒdˈliːən/), the main research library of the University of Oxford, is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library with over 11 million items. Known to Oxford scholars as “Bodley” or simply “the Bod”, under the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 it is one of six legal deposit libraries for works published in the United Kingdom and under Irish Law it is entitled to request a copy of each book published in the Republic of Ireland. The Bodleian operates principally as a reference library and in general documents may not be removed from the reading rooms.
The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and the main research library of the University of Oxford.
The Bodleian Library was used in the movie of Harry Potter as the Duke Humphrey’s Library where Harry tries to find out about Nicholas Flamel.
The library was also used in the movie The Madness of King George.