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The Fourth Part of the World: An Astonishing Epic of Global Discovery, Imperial Ambition, and the Birth of America

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"Old maps lead you to strange and unexpected places, and none does so more ineluctably than the subject of this book: the giant, beguiling Waldseemand#252;ller world map of 1507." So begins this remarkable story of the map that gave America its name. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;For millennia Europeans believed that the world consisted of three parts: Europe, Africa, and Asia. They drew the three continents in countless shapes and sizes on their maps, but occasionally they hinted at the existence of a "fourth part of the world," a mysterious, inaccessible place, separated from the rest by a vast expanse of ocean. It was a land of mythand#8212;until 1507, that is, when Martin Waldseemand#252;ller and Matthias Ringmann, two obscure scholars working in the mountains of eastern France, made it real. Columbus had died the year before convinced that he had sailed to Asia, but Waldseemand#252;ller and Ringmann, after reading about the Atlantic discoveries of Columbusand#8217;s contemporary Amerigo Vespucci, came to a startling conclusion: Vespucci had reached the fourth part of the world. To celebrate his achievement, Waldseemand#252;ller and Ringmann printed a huge map, for the first time showing the New World surrounded by water and distinct from Asia, and in Vespucciand#8217;s honor they gave this New World a name: America. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The Fourth Part of the World andlt;/Iandgt;is the story behind that map, a thrilling saga of geographical and intellectual exploration, full of outsize thinkers and voyages. Taking a kaleidoscopic approach, Toby Lester traces the origins of our modern worldview. His narrative sweeps across continents and centuries, zeroing in on different portions of the map to reveal strands of ancient legend, Biblical prophecy, classical learning, medieval exploration, imperial ambitions, and more. In Lesterand#8217;s telling the map comes alive: Marco Polo and the early Christian missionaries trek across Central Asia and China; Europeand#8217;s early humanists travel to monastic libraries to recover ancient texts; Portuguese merchants round up the first West African slaves; Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci make their epic voyages of discovery; and finally, vitally, Nicholas Copernicus makes an appearance, deducing from the new geography shown on the Waldseemand#252;ller map that the earth could not lie at the center of the cosmos. The map literally altered humanityand#8217;s worldview. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;One thousand copies of the map were printed, yet only one remains. Discovered accidentally in 1901 in the library of a German castle it was bought in 2003 for the unprecedented sum of $10 million by the Library of Congress, where it is now on permanent public display. Lavishly illustrated with rare maps and diagrams, andlt;Iandgt;The Fourth Part of the World andlt;/Iandgt;is the story of that map: the dazzling story of the geographical and intellectual journeys that have helped us decipher our world.

About the Author

Toby Lester is a contributing editor to and has written extensively for The Atlantic. A former Peace Corps volunteer and United Nations observer, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and three daughters. His previous book, The Fourth Part of the World (2009), about the map that gave America its name, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Award and was picked as a Book of the Year by several other publications. His work has also appeared on the radio program This American Life.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416535348
Author:
Lester, Toby
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cartography
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
index; notes; 4c insert; b+w photos t-o
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 15.33 oz

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