The Mapmakers' Quest: Depicting New Worlds in Renaissance Europe

by David Buisseret

Hardcover, 2003



Oxford University Press (2003), Edition: First Edition - First Printing, 256 pages


In 1400 Europe was behind large parts of the world in its understanding of the use of maps. For instance, the people gf China and of Japan were considerably more advanced in this respect. And yet, by 1600 the Europeans had come to use maps for a huge variety of tasks, and were far ahead of the rest of the world in their appreciation of the power and use of cartography. The Mapmakers' Quest seeks to understand this development - not only to tease out the strands of thought and practice which led to the use of maps, but also to assess the ways in which such use affected European societies and economies.

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Dr. Buisseret has written a stunning and visually exciting book. It is useful as a primer to the history of cartgraphy and Buisseret delights in providing the very latest in cartographic theory and hints at possible avenues of further research. The book is well-documented and illustrated with
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scores of grayscale images and a dozen color plates. The only drawback of this edition was its small size and awkward shape. Other editions seem to have corrected this error. The size made the larger maps too cluttered and claustrophobia set in, however, many of the smaller maps and woodcuts showed up wonderfully. A bit dry in places, but an excellent foray into cartoghraphic history.
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256 p.; 9.5 inches


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