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The mapping of the world : early printed…

The mapping of the world : early printed world maps, 1472-1700 (1984)

by Rodney W. Shirley, Helen Wallis (Preface)

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Cartography between 1472-1700. Presents materials showing the development of cartobibliographics from the first years of printing in the 1470s to the first year of an almost complete world map in 1700. Plates with descriptions, and Prefaces to the 1987 and 1984 Editions, Foreward by Helen Wallis, Corrigenda and Addenda, with Appendices, chronological Charts and Index.

From Foreword: "In the ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY the Oxford philosopher and physician Robert Burton recommended the contemplation of maps as one of the best forms of recreation."
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'Some, to beautify their Halls, Parlors, Chambers, Galeries, Studies, or Libraries...liketh, loveth, getteth, and useth, Maps, Charts, and Geographicall globes.' John Dee
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A small circular woodcut, diagrammatically representing the whole world, is the first map ever printed. Isidore of Seville, in whose work the map appears, was a seventh-century bishop who compiled a kind of encyclopedia based extensively on classical authors. Many manuscript versions are extant prior to the first printed edition in 1472 with four woodcut diagrams.
As Georgraphy without History seemeth as carkasse without motion, so History without Geography wandereth as vagrant without a certaine habitation. John Smith
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