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Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 and 1516 World Maps

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In 2003, the Library of Congress paid $10 million for a 1507 map of the world produced by Martin Waldseemüller and his associate Matthias Ringmann in St.-Dié, France, that first used the name "America" for lands in the New World and was touted as "America's birth certificate." The Library of Congress also possesses a second world map by Waldseemüller called the Carta Marina, which is from 1516. Hessler (geography and map div., Library of Congress; The Naming of America: Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 World Map and the Cosmographie Introductio) and Van Duzer (John Carter Brown Lib., Providence, RI; Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps) explore these groundbreaking maps with introductory chapters that reference other maps of the period which may have provided inspiration. Both maps are composed of 12 adjoining sheets which are beautifully reproduced here, individually and with commentary. Folded composite maps are also included in the front and rear pockets of the book. VERDICT This handsome publication is highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of cartography or the Age of Exploration. For an in-depth investigation of the history of the 1507 map, Toby Lester's The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name (Free Press, 2009) is also recommended.—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL
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  • ISBN-13: 9781929154470
  • Publisher: Unknown Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012

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