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Description - The Naming of America by John W. Hessler

This book features a facsimile of the 1507 World Map by Martin Waldseemuller the first map ever to display the name America - and tells the fascinating story behind its creation in 16th-century France and rediscovery 300 years later in the library of Wolfegg Castle, Germany in 1901. It also includes a completely new translation and commentary to Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann's seminal cartographic text, the Cosmographiae Introductio, which originally accompanied the World Map. John Hessler considers answers to some of the key questions raised by the map's representation of the New World, including "How was it possible for a small group of cartographers to have produced a view of the world so radical for its time and so close to the one we recognize today?"; and "What evidence did they possess to show the existence of the Pacific Ocean when neither Vasco Nunez de Balboa nor Ferdinand Magellan had yet reached it?". This fascinating book affords us a glimpse into an age when accepted scientific and geographic principles fell away, spawning the birth of modernity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781904832492
ISBN-10: 1904832490
Format: Hardback
(191mm x 229mm x 19mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: D Giles Ltd
Publisher: D Giles Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John W. Hessler

John W. Hessler is a member of the Collections Management Team of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. He has published extensively on the history of mathematical and planetary cartography, and is the author of articles relating to the Waldseemuller Map Corpus. His current research focuses on the study of geometrical and axiomatic methods in Ptolemy's cartographic and astronomical works, especially the Mathematica Syntaxis.

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