The image of the world: 20 centuries of world maps

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Pomegranate Artbooks in association with the British Library, 1994 - Art - 144 pages
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From Bishop Isidore's simplistic T-O design for a world map through the elaborately decorated manuscript maps and printed maps of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to scientific maps showing the ocean floor, this book examines the history of world mapmaking through seventy outstanding individual examples and accompanying commentary.

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A history of mapmaking, specifically of world maps. It touches on the technicalities of projections and survey work, but the focus is on the maps as cultural products, analyzing their social rôle and ... Read full review

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Peter Whitfield is an independent scholar and a leading expert in map history and exploration. He is a former director of Stanford's International Map Centre in London. His previous books include "The Image of the World "(1994), "The Mapping of the Heavens "(1995), "The Charting of the Oceans "(1996), "New Found Lands "(1998), "Landmarks in Western Science "(1999), "Astrology: A History "(2001), and "Sir Francis Drake "(2004).

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