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- DescriptionThis book features a facsimile of the 1507 World Map by Martin Waldseemuller the first map ever to display the name America - and tells the fascinating story behind its creation in 16th-century France and rediscovery 300 years later in the library of Wolfegg Castle, Germany in 1901. It also includes a completely new translation and commentary to Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann's seminal cartographic text, the Cosmographiae Introductio, which originally accompanied the World Map. John Hessler considers answers to some of the key questions raised by the map's representation of the New World, including How was it possible for a small group of cartographers to have produced a view of the world so radical for its time and so close to the one we recognize today? ; and What evidence did they possess to show the existence of the Pacific Ocean when neither Vasco Nunez de Balboa r Ferdinand Magellan had yet reached it? . This fascinating book affords us a glimpse into an age when accepted scientific and geographic principles fell away, spawning the birth of modernity.
- Author BiographyJohn W. Hessler is a member of the Collections Management Team of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. He has published extensively on the history of mathematical and planetary cartography, and is the author of articles relating to the Waldseemuller Map Corpus. His current research focuses on the study of geometrical and axiomatic methods in Ptolemy's cartographic and astronomical works, especially the Mathematica Syntaxis.
- PublisherD Giles Ltd
- Date of Publication01/02/2008
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintD Giles Ltd
- Content Note40 Colour
- Weight694 g
- Width229 mm
- Height191 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byJohn W. Hessler
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