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From the name of its last owner, the Miller Atlas is a Portuguese atlas of around 1519 which is today in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Incomplete to this day because of a never recovered African maps, this atlas covered the whole of the known world before the expedition of Magellan.
Its sumptuous decoration is: Twenty-seven illuminated compass cards, forty-seven Portuguese deep-sea ships, Moslem, Chinese ploughing the oceans, several Portuguese or Spanish blazons indicating trading posts or new discoveries, cities are represented by artistic views, landscapes and stages of native life are treated as real pictures, multicoloured birds and varied four footed creatures evoke the exotic fauna... All of which seems to indicate that the atlas was destined for a prince or a king.
The atlas is considered today as a premier work of art.