The Book of Michael of Rhodes: A Fifteenth-Century Maritime Manuscript

The Book of Michael of Rhodes: A Fifteenth-Century Maritime Manuscript

by Pamela O. Long
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262123088

ISBN-13: 9780262123082

Pub. Date: 06/05/2009

Publisher: MIT Press

In the fifteenth century, a Venetian mariner, Michael of Rhodes, wrote and illustrated a text describing his experiences in the Venetian merchant and military fleets. He included a treatise on commercial mathematics and treatments of contemporary shipbuilding practices, navigation, calendrical systems, and astrological ideas. This manuscript, "lost," or at least in

Overview

In the fifteenth century, a Venetian mariner, Michael of Rhodes, wrote and illustrated a text describing his experiences in the Venetian merchant and military fleets. He included a treatise on commercial mathematics and treatments of contemporary shipbuilding practices, navigation, calendrical systems, and astrological ideas. This manuscript, "lost," or at least in unknown hands for over 400 years, has never been published or translated in its entirety until now.In volume 3, nine experts, including the editors, discuss the manuscript, its historical context, and its scholarly importance. Their essays examine the Venetian maritime world of the fifteenth century, Michael's life, the discovery of the manuscript, the mathematics in the book, the use of illustration, the navigational directions, Michael's knowledge of shipbuilding in the Venetian context, and the manuscript's extensive calendrical material.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262123082
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/05/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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