No sixteenth-century example of the map survives, but the original woodblocks were rediscovered shortly before the present impressions were pulled in 1781. This edition, published by Joseph Elden von Kurzbeck under the supervision of the scholar Johann Adam von Bartsch, is itself now very rare. The woodblocks are now preserved in the Albertina Museum.
"The most interesting features of the map are those with which we must suppose Dürer endowed it: the vigorous artistic presentation and the ingenious representation of a globular map upon a flat surface—one of the earliest stereographic projections attempted" ('World Encompassed').
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