Multcolib Research Picks: Ancient and antique maps
Annotation:'As albums of cartography go, this one possesses qualities for the unconventional connoisseur. For it is not a history of maps, nor does its text mechanically describe the 87 images of historical maps on offer. Rather, the authors discuss the meaning of geographical representation in cosmic and imaginative terms. To the Laffons, a map is not a tool to orient oneself in a new territory; it is more like a border between such things as the sea and the land, the sky and the earth, the known and the unknown.' (from the review in Booklist)
Annotation:Using a cornucopia of rare and beautiful maps, this book traces the exploration and charting of the Earth's largest ocean, weaving an odyssey stretching from Japan and the Philippines on the west, Australia and New Zealand on the south, and east through the varied islands of Oceania, including Tahiti, Hawaii, and even the 'island' of California.
Annotation:The stories of 100 key maps that changed human understanding of the world around us, changed the course of map-making itself, or directly influenced the path of history.
Annotation:The complete reprint of all 363 color plates from Braun and Hogenberg's survey of town maps, city views, and plans of Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America, with dozens of unusual details, as well as selected extracts from the original text and an in-depth commentary, first published in Cologne 1572-1617.
Annotation: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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Are you curious about antique and ancient maps, how they were made, and the impact they've had on human society? These books are for you! - Emily-Jane D.