Map of the human heart?

portolano chart
February is LGBT History Month. This was the theme for February’s  feature last year. While sketching out an early draft, I thought of Foucault‘s observation that homosexuals didn’t exist until the 19th century, and it occurred to me that this was true in the same way that Italians didn’t exist until the 19th century either. So maybe a portolano chart on the homepage… That one didn’t get past the draft stage.

image copyright Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division.