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Monoceros Star Map

I would have liked to encounter one, crossing a wood. Otherwise what's the pleasure of crossing a wood? ~Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

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Monoceros Star Map
Monoceros Star Map

Monoceros is Greek for unicorn, but the Monoceros constellation was unknown to the ancient Greeks. There are no unicorns in Greek mythology, but they do appear in texts of natural history as being native creatures to India. The Monoceros constellation was identified in the 1612 by Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius. Alexander Jamieson based the unicorn in his Celestial Atlas, 1822, on the popular atlases of Jean Fortin in Frane and Johann Bode in Germany, rather than the map in Atlas Coelestis of John Flamsteed.

Unicorns appear in the predecessor of the medieval bestiary, the Physiologus, a second century Christian text written in Greek.

The Monoceros star map was first published on 1 February, 1822.

Application: These tiles are a good choice for any interior wall. It would make an excellent kitchen backsplash.

    Title: Monoceros Star Map

    Size: 17 x 12.75 inches or 24 x 18 inches.

    Colors: The background color is cream but can be modified slightly to be more white or a deeper cream. See How to Order Tile.

    Availability: Can usually be shipped in two to three weeks.