For centuries, explorers, merchants, and military forces have relied upon maps to help them describe and navigate our planet. Although historical maps were often skillfully drawn and meticulously plotted, their layout tells only part of the story. Using anecdotal evidence and sometimes scant geographical data for places they themselves may never have seen, cartographers frequently included embellishments to tease the imagination and the intellect—thus a map of the United States doubles as a board game, and Claes Janszoon Visscher’s Holland is drafted in the shape of a lion. Included in this sampling are a dozen antique map reproductions from the British Library’s vast and complex collection of cartographic material.All of Pomegranate’s calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable.FSC license code FSC N001864.