The Story of Maps

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Courier Dover Publications, 1979 - History - 397 pages
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Early map making was characterized by secrecy. Maps were precious documents, drawn by astrologers and travelers, worn out through use or purposely destroyed. Just as men first mapped the earth indirectly, via the sun and stars, so must the history of maps be approahced circuitously, through chronicles, astronomy, Strabo and Ptolemy, seamanship, commerce, politics. From the first determinations of latitude 2000 years ago through the dramatic unraveling of longitude 1700 years later, the story of maps plots the course of civilization. "The Story of Maps, " first published thirty years ago, charts that course with a breadth and depth still unsurpassed in a scholarly survey.
  

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User Review  - Cara - Goodreads

A very thorough account of maps through the years. Had the tendency to get dull and dense at points. Read full review

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User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

Being a workmanlike history of cartography, most useful as a textbook. It is informative but uninteresting. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The Earth Takes Shape
12
The Habitable World w
37
The World of Claudius Ptolemy
58
The Map and Chart Trade
150
The Latitude
180
The Longitude
208
Notes
311
Index
375

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Denis Cosgrove
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