Multcolib Research Picks: Ancient and antique maps

Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings
Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age By Hapgood, Charles H. (Book - 1996 ) 912.09 H252m 1996 Available in some locations

Annotation:The classic go-to book about ancient maps, complete with many, many illustrations.

Mapping the World
Mapping the World Stories of Geography By Laffon, Caroline (Book - 2009 ) 912.09 L163m 2009 Available in some locations

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)

Early Mapping of the Pacific
Early Mapping of the Pacific The Epic Story of Seafarers, Adventurers, and Cartographers Who Mapped the Earth's Greatest Ocean By Suárez, Thomas (Book - 2004 ) 912.1964 S939e 2004 Available in some locations

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.

To the Ends of the Earth
To the Ends of the Earth 100 Maps That Changed the World By Harwood, Jeremy (Book - 2006 ) 912.09 H343t 2006 All copies in use. Availability details

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.

Civitates Orbis Terrarum
Civitates Orbis Terrarum Cities of the World : 363 Engravings Revolutionize the View of the World : Complete Edition of the Colour Plates of 1572-1617 By Braun, Georg (Book - 2011 ) 911.1732 B8254c 2011 In-library use only at this time in some locations

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.

Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps By Van Duzer, Chet A. (Book - 2013 ) 912 V246s 2013 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

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.


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.


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