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Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

Van Duzer, Chet A. (Book - 2013)
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Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
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The sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps, whether swimming vigorously, gambolling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, are one of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, and yet they have never been carefully studied.
Authors: Van Duzer, Chet A., 1966-
Title: Sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps
Publisher: London :, The British Library,, 2013
Characteristics: 143 pages illustrations, chiefly color ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Chet Van Duzer
Contents: Contents note continued: Sea Monsters Cavorting Among the Mediterranean Isles
The Sea Monsters Surrounding Iceland in the First Atlas
A Haunting Sea Monster Reappears
Whales Fantastic and Realistic at the End of the Sixteenth Century
Two New World Sea Monsters
Contents note continued: The Manuscript with the Most Sea Monsters
Sea Monsters in Printed Editions of Ptolemy
The Sea Monsters of the Earliest Surviving Terrestrial Globe
The Sea Monsters of Waldseemuller's Map of 1507 and Schoner's Globe of 1515
Lighting a Fire on a Whale's Back
Pictorial Excursus: The Cartographic Career of the Walrus
The Debut of the Sea Monsters of the Renaissance
Olaus Magnus and the Most Important Sea Monsters of the Sixteenth Century
Mercator's Globe of 1541: The Influence of Olaus Magnus
The Ulpius Globe: Sea Monsters Before Their Time
The Monster that Stops Ships in Their Tracks
Pictorial Excursus: More Whimsical Sea Monsters
From Sea Dragons to a Sawfish: The Rylands Library Map of 1546
Evidence of a Sea Monster Specialist
The Curious Career of the Flying Turtle
The Eclecticism of Giacomo Gastaldi
The Sea Monsters of Gerard Mercator's Great Map of 1569
Machine generated contents note: Classical Antecedents
The Earliest Medieval Maps with Sea Monsters: Beatus Mappaemundi
"Let the Waters Bring Forth Abundantly": Sea Monsters in the Creation
Sea Monsters in the Harbor of Brindisi
An Imagined Mappamundi with Sea Monsters
Sea Monsters on the Ceiling
Giant Sea Monsters on Two Small Mappaemundi
"A Vast Sea Where There is Nothing But the Abode of Monsters"
Two Monumental Mappaemundi with Few Sea Monsters
Three Sea Monsters Battling in the Atlantic
Pictorial Excursus: The Dangers of Sea Monsters
Sea Monsters on Nautical Charts: Giant Octopuses, Sirens, Sharks
How to Buy a Sea Monster
Whaling Between Myth and Reality
A Nest of Sea Monsters at the Bottom of the World
Whales as Big as Mountains
Terrifying Monsters in the Indian Ocean
A Skeptic about Sea Monsters: Fra Mauro
Pictorial Excursus: Whimsical Sea Monsters
Invented Sea Monsters in the Circumfluent Ocean
Summary: The sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps, whether swimming vigorously, gambolling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, are one of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, and yet they have never been carefully studied.
ISBN: 0712358900
9780712358903
Branch Call Number: 912 V246s 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 120-141) and index
Subject Headings: Sea monsters Maps Early works to 1800 Early maps Europe History Cartography Europe History 16th century Cartography Europe History To 1500
Topical Term: Sea monsters
Early maps
Cartography
Cartography
LCCN: 2012398484
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Sea monsters! For many of us, the monsters at the edge of the map are the best part; this book is the first careful study of this charming bit of map history.


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