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The World Map, 1300-1492: The Persistence of Tradition and Transformation

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Beginning with a 1436 atlas of ten maps produced by Venetian Andrea Bianco, Evelyn Edson uses maps of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to examine how the discoveries of traveling missionaries and merchants affected the content and configuration of world maps. This engaging and informative study reveals how the ingenuity, creativity, and adaptability of mapmakers before the Renaissance helped pave the way for an age of discovery.

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In this impressive study, Edson offers a detailed survey of the medium and makers of world maps in Europe up to the time of Columbus. Writing in detail about the mapmakers' geographic knowledge and sources, Edson tells a fascinating tale, which reveals in the process western perceptions of place from the 14th through the 16th centuries. Illustrated with b&w images of the maps described, the volume was published by Johns Hopkins U. Press in association with the Center for American Places, Santa Fe, NM and Staunton, VA. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In the two centuries before Columbus, mapmaking was transformed. The World Map, 1300--1492 investigates this important, transitional period of mapmaking. Beginning with a 1436 atlas of ten maps produced by Venetian Andrea Bianco, Evelyn Edson uses maps of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to examine how the discoveries of missionaries and merchants affected the content and configuration of world maps.

She finds that both the makers and users of maps struggled with changes brought about by technological innovation — the compass, quadrant, and astrolabe — rediscovery of classical mapmaking approaches, and increased travel. To reconcile the tensions between the conservative and progressive worldviews, mapmakers used a careful blend of the old and the new to depict a world that was changing — and growing — before their eyes.

This engaging and informative study reveals how the ingenuity, creativity, and adaptability of these craftsmen helped pave the way for an age of discovery.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801885891
Author:
Edson, Evelyn
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Government - General
Subject:
Geography, medieval
Subject:
Early maps
Subject:
TRAVEL / General
Series:
Published in Cooperation with the Center for American Places
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9.39x6.62x1.00 in. 1.30 lbs.

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Engineering » Civil Engineering » Cartography
History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » Geography » Mapping and Cartography
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Travel » General

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"Synopsis" by , In the two centuries before Columbus, mapmaking was transformed. The World Map, 1300--1492 investigates this important, transitional period of mapmaking. Beginning with a 1436 atlas of ten maps produced by Venetian Andrea Bianco, Evelyn Edson uses maps of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to examine how the discoveries of missionaries and merchants affected the content and configuration of world maps.

She finds that both the makers and users of maps struggled with changes brought about by technological innovation — the compass, quadrant, and astrolabe — rediscovery of classical mapmaking approaches, and increased travel. To reconcile the tensions between the conservative and progressive worldviews, mapmakers used a careful blend of the old and the new to depict a world that was changing — and growing — before their eyes.

This engaging and informative study reveals how the ingenuity, creativity, and adaptability of these craftsmen helped pave the way for an age of discovery.

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