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The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the…

by Toby Lester

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Received as an ARC a while ago, but I've only just had time to start something so long. So far, so good.

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"The fourth part of the world" is America, and the occasion of the LOC's purchase of a map occasioned its writing. Lester is a good writer and keeps the information flowing. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
This book was extremely interesting and I couldn't put it down. When it was over I found myself wanting to read more and have the rest of the history of the Americas mapped.

I was thinking for a minute of what else I can say about this book but there isn't anymore I need to add, there's nothing else to say, it's just that good a book. ( )
  RockStarNinja | Mar 25, 2012 |
So much more than a story about a map. Or so much more of a story than you thought a map could tell. I'll have to go see the real thing at the Library of Congress sooner rather than later. ( )
  DirkHurst | Jul 31, 2010 |
Very informative book, filled with details (which I like!). Tells of the beginning of mass produced maps, which also corresponds to when North America is discovered. Very well written. - Greg
Interesting but overly detailed - Rich ( )
  wolffamily | Jul 4, 2010 |
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The earth is placed in the central region of the cosmos, standing fast in the center, equidistant from all other parts of the sky . . . . It is divided into three parts, one of which is called Asia, the second Europe, the third Africa . . . . Apart from these three parts of the world there exists a fourth part, beyond the ocean, which is unknown to us.--Isidore of Seville, Etymologies (circa A.D. 600)
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To the four parts of my little world: Catherine, Emma, Kate, and Sage
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Old maps lead you to strange and unexpected places, and none does so more ineluctably than the subject of this book: the giant, beguiling Waldseemüller world map of 1507.
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A chronicle of the early sixteenth-century creation of the Waldseem?uller map offers insight into how monks, classicists, merchants, and other contributors from earlier periods shaped the map's creation.

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