Naming of America: Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introductio

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The first sheet-by-sheet colour facsimile of Waldseemüller's 1507 World Map - one of the most important maps in the history of cartography

Summarizes the current state of knowledge on Waldseemüller and his collaborator
Features a completely new translation of the Cosmographiae Introductio - Waldseemüller's guidebook to his famous map - and identifies Waldseemüller's sources

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Overview

The first sheet-by-sheet colour facsimile of Waldseemüller's 1507 World Map - one of the most important maps in the history of cartography

Summarizes the current state of knowledge on Waldseemüller and his collaborator
Features a completely new translation of the Cosmographiae Introductio - Waldseemüller's guidebook to his famous map - and identifies Waldseemüller's sources

This book features a facsimile of the 1507 World Map by Martin Waldseemüller, the first map ever to display the name America, and tells the fascinating story behind its creation in 16th-century France and rediscovery 300 years later in the library of Wolfegg Castle, Germany, in 1901. It also includes a completely new translation and commentary to Martin Waldseemüller and Matthias Ringmann's seminal cartographic text, the Cosmographiae Introductio, which originally accompanied the World Map.

Author John Hessler considers answers some of the key questions raised by the map's representation of the New World, including: "How was it possible for a small group of cartographers to have produced a view of the world so radical for its time and so close to the one we recognize today?" and "What evidence did they possess to show the existence of the Pacific Ocean when neither Vasco Nûnez de Balboa nor Ferdinand Magellan had yet reached it?" This fascinating book affords us a glimpse into an age when accepted scientific and geographic principles fell away, spawning the birth of modernity.

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“Hessler’s nuanced translation brings to life this dynamic period of cartographic history…[and] the presentation, graphic aesthetic and accessibility of the text will make this a favourite for general readers, as well, and should be on the wish list of everyone interested in early American history and cartography” Marguerite Ragnow, Imago Mundi

“Both a scholarly treatise and a book anyone would purchase to remember the cornerstone map” Peter J. Porrazzo, The Portolan, Journal of the Washington Map Society

“A scholarly affair, impeccably printed” Elinor Teele, California Literary Review

“Hessler provides the first published translation of the map’s text blocks” Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904832492
  • Publisher: D Giles Limited
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,268,598
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents of the book include an Introductory Essay; Waldseemüller's World Map and Globe: A New View of the World; Notes and References; Translation of the Cosmographiae Introductio; Appendix; Translators Notes and References, and Further Reading.
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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Small book full of interesting information! Excellent, quick read! A keeper for your reference library!

    This book is one of several recently published about the long-missing map that first used the word AMERICA to label a specific part of the world. The map is now on permanent public display in the Library of Congress. It was missing and presumed lost forever from 1507 (when it was printed) until 1901 (when it was discovered in a storage room of a German castle). It then remained in private ownership until purchased by the Library of Congress in 2007 for $10 million.

    The map was printed (along with a second map designed to create a globe of the world) as a supplement to a book, Introduction to Cosmography, about the known geography of the world in 1507. The 1507 book was in Latin and many copies have long been available for research but the two maps originally included were nowhere to be found.

    This new book provides a complete translation of the 1507 book along with detailed and comprehensive additional information about the text of the book and the maps. The map that shows AMERICA is very large and was printed in 12 sheets that have been assembled into the complete map that is now on display. This new book shows each sheet of the map and the detail is fantastic.

    After reading this new book, you will likely want more information. I strongly recommend one of the other recently published books - The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester.

    On your next trip to Washington, DC a stop at the Library of Congress is also recommended.

    JBM 16Jan10 845am EDT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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