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New Found Lands: Maps in the History of Exploration Hardcover – 26 Jul 1998

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"This is a book to get lost in on a cold winter's night. ...[This book] was clearly a labour of love, as the author laments that he can can give only the barest summaries of the adventures he recounts with relish."-"Bowdens "It's a highly enlightening book of cartography, and demonstrates humankind's need to know where it has been, where it is and where it can go. Education mixed with fun discovery dominate Whitfield's work."-"Illinois Times, 30 August 1998 ""New Found Lands provides a new approach to historical and cartographic coverage... Plenty of description accompanies these black and white and color reproductions of old maps, making for a fine exploration and historical review."-"Reviewer's Bookwatch, September 1998 "Recommended for all public and academic libraries."-"Library Journal, 10/98 "This is a book to get lost in on a cold winter's night."-"The Montreal Gazette, 11/98

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Peter Whitfield runs his own company publishing facsimiles of historical maps. In 1995 he was curator of the British Library exhibit, "The Earth and the Heavens: The Map Maker's Art." He currently lives in London.

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SOME TEN THOUSAND YEARS AGO, on the plains on Mesopotamia and in the hills of Anatolia, certain groups of men developed the arts of agriculture, metal-working and building, and used them to create the earliest civilizations. Read the first page
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A feast for the eyes 27 Dec. 2000
By "auarchitect" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As an avid lover of old maps, this book is very prized on my bookshelf. Each page contains large full-color pictures of maps throughout the age of exploration.
Emphasis is placed on showing how not only the trade of map-making progressed, by showing maps throughout their development, but also on the progress of geographical knowledge over time. See the imaginary continents and coastlines of antiquity slowly develop into the familiar face of the world on today's maps.
Adding to the pictures are their backgrounds and the backgrounds of the men, nations, and times that created them. The book is richly informative and offers numerous anecdotes and historical accounts to go along with the maps.
A must have for anyone who enjoys history and geography.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good quality book 3 Sept. 2010
By Lance D. Yarbrough - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was a good read and full of excellent images. Whitfield kept my attention throughout the book and even after reading countless historical narratives about Columbus, I was still excited to read that section in the book.

The book is printed on very high quality paper and the has superior binding. One of the issues I had was the placement of maps in relation to the text. First, none of the figures are numbered, so you have to cross reference the caption with the text to be sure you were looking at the correct map. Occasionally, the text would describe maps that were pages away from where they were mentioned in the text. Lastly, there are many maps shown in the book but nothing written about them. Sometimes I got the feeling that author could not find the map he was describing and put in a similar one in its place.
Maps 20 Jan. 2014
By John M. Wasilnak - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book tells and shows how early peoples mapped and explored the world as they sought more resources and conquered new land.
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