MS M.461, fols. 50v–51r

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Livre des merveilles du monde

France, probably Angers
ca. 1460
281 x 220 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1911

MS M.461, fols. 50v–51r

Iceland (left)

Iceland is shown as a frozen and forbidding land with great bears breaking through the ice for fish.

Italy (right)

For a European country, Italy is shown as quite full of strange wonders, including a pit full of demons being fed a human sacrifice and a merman-like beaver swimming ashore.