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5.0 out of 5 stars The MInd-set of Maps, 25 Mar 2013
M. Twycross - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The World Map, 1300-1492: The Persistence of Tradition and Transformation (Center for American Places) (Hardcover)
This is a classic. It looks at the changes in the style and ethos of maps in the period leading up to the discovery of the Americas, how they reflect the different purposes for which they were designed, and what effect discoverieshad on them. It also looks at the relationship between maps and geographical and travel literature. As academic reviewers have said, it is only a pity that the quality of the black and white illustrations is not better: with maps, one needs to get right down into the detail. But I imagine the costs would have been prohibitive. If your vision of medieval geography is based on the schematic T&O map, this will blow your mind.
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