The Map Maker’s World illuminates the fascinating cultural history of European world maps: what do historical world maps tell of us, of our perception of the world, and of places and peoples that are foreign to us? Who were the makers of these early world maps? How were the maps created? For whom were they drawn and printed? For what purposes were they used? What kind of information did they pass on? The answers open up interesting vistas to aspects of the world maps that pertain to ideology, political power, and the history of art and science.
The Map Maker’s World is a thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated piece of art and history of science. The book gives us a captivating perspective to the development of European world maps from the Early Middle Ages up until the modern period, i.e. from the 8th century until the end of the 18th century.
The Map Maker’s World is a major work which ambitiously showcases all of the early European world map traditions: Medieval world maps (T-O maps, mappa mundis, Beatus maps, etc. ); Ptolemy’s maps; seafarers’ maps (portolan charts, planispheres and nautical charts), printed world maps and globes from Renaissance to Baroque times. The book is based on the latest academic research.
Furthermore, The Map Maker’s World takes its readers through the history of cartographic research, bringing to life the exciting times when many of these historical maps were first discovered in the 19th century, after centuries of oblivion. The book takes a closer look at around 100 maps whose highquality images originate in the world’s museums, libraries and private collections. The tone of the book is closer to that of an exciting narrative story, rather than a catalogue or an ensyclopedia.
Contents of the book:
Introduction: Images of the World
I The Medieval World in Maps: World’s Borders Defined by the Church and Seafaring
II The World Map in Transition: Geography of the Ancients Rises from Oblivion
III Toward New Worlds: The Age of Discovery and the Art of Printing Create New World Maps
IV World View of the Renaissance: Emergence of a New World Map by Scientific Artisans
V The World Encompassed – The World Maps of Merchant Kings and Map Traders
Epilogue – The Furthest Shores
THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
Marjo T. Nurminen (born 1967) is an archeologist by education and specializing in the philosophy of science. She has worked e.g. as a TV journalist at the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE for more than ten years, focusing on science and its popularization. Her book Tiedon Tyttäret (Sisters of Science) won the Tieto-Finlandia Award for the Best Finnish Non-Fiction Book in Finland 2008, and has been translated, amongst other languages, to Japanese and Chinese. Nurminen lives in Helsinki with her family.
Review of the book in the Geographical magazine: http://geographical.co.uk/reviews/books/item/1533-the-mapmakers-world
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