A Renaissance Globemaker's Toolbox & the Naming of America
By: John W. Hessler (author)Hardback
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'The Naming of America' features a facsimile of the 1507 World Map by Martin Waldseemuller - the first map ever to display the name America - and tells the fascinating story behind its creation and rediscovery. It also includes a completely new translation and commentary to the 'Cosmographiae Introductio', the seminal cartographic text which originally accompanied the World Map. 'A Renaissance Globemaker's Toolbox' is the first scholarly publication and English translation of the Schoner Sammelband, a collection of maps and notes made by the Nuremberg astronomer and mathematician Johannes Schoner (d. 1543), which included the Waldseemuller World Maps and a set of celestial globe gores of Schoner's design. Author John Hessler discusses the history of these materials, some of the most important in the history of cartography, and reveals the concerns that fuelled cartographic development during this critical period in the history of science and exploration.
John W. Hessler is Senior Cartographic Reference Specialist in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is the author of 'The Naming of America: Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introduction' (2008),' Thoreau on Cape Cod: His Journeys and the Lost Maps' (2011), and 'Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 and 1516 World Maps' (2012). Hessler has been awarded many grants and fellowships including a John S. Best Research Fellowship from the American Geographical Society, and a Kluge Fellowship by the Library of Congress in 2011. He is currently working on his forthcoming book, 'Cartography in the Age of Computer Simulation: Lectures on the Mathematical and Topological Foundations of GIS'.
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