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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712357092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712357098
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 2.2 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Alessandro Scafi is Lecturer at the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is the author of Mapping Paradise: A History of Heaven on Earth (British Library, 2006).

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By Erin Britton on 19 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
With Paradise being potentially everywhere and nowhere, mapping it is an undeniably difficult business but such problems of logic and metaphysics certainly haven't dissuaded people from trying. As Alessandro Scafi discusses in Maps of Paradise, for something over two centuries learned Christians have been attempting to pinpoint the earthly location of Biblical Paradise and, since approximately the 8th century, they have done so by creating ever more splendid maps. Maps of Paradise contains over 100 excellently reproduced illustrations of these maps to heaven on earth along with Scafi's interesting, detailed commentary on the evolution of this divine mapmaking and the state of the (physical and theological) world at the time. This is a beautifully presented and informative book; I could spend many enjoyable hours looking through all of the maps.
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Maps of Paradise 19 Dec. 2013
By Erin Britton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With Paradise being potentially everywhere and nowhere, mapping it is an undeniably difficult business but such problems of logic and metaphysics certainly haven’t dissuaded people from trying. As Alessandro Scafi discusses in Maps of Paradise, for something over two centuries learned Christians have been attempting to pinpoint the earthly location of Biblical Paradise and, since approximately the 8th century, they have done so by creating ever more splendid maps. Maps of Paradise contains over 100 excellently reproduced illustrations of these maps to heaven on earth along with Scafi’s interesting, detailed commentary on the evolution of this divine mapmaking and the state of the (physical and theological) world at the time. This is a beautifully presented and informative book; I could spend many enjoyable hours looking through all of the maps.
Lovely 31 July 2014
By unsworthyeti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Lovely book which I gave to library. The physical format is too small for color-reproduction detail, even when I use my magnifying glass. Bigger, in this case, would be better.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Like all of the other reviews, Amazon will ignore this one. 5 Mar. 2014
By forestsofcorot - Published on Amazon.com
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A lovely work that is, however fragmentary, a very nice, scholarly, and appropriately titled work on a subject little understood by this generation of tweeters.
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Nice table top book 22 Feb. 2014
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Not for serious interest in maps. Lots of pictures but no in depth analysis. But fun to look at four about 5 minutes.
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