The Image of the World

The Image of the World : 20 Centuries of World Maps

By (author) Peter Whitfield

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From the classic Greek origins of the world map, through the elaborately decorated manuscript maps and printed maps of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries which are works of art in themselves, to modern scientific maps showing the ocean floor, Peter Whitfield examines the history of world mapmaking through 70 outstanding individual examples. He discusses each map in relation to the religious, political, social or economic climates in which they were produced and considers what these maps reveal about the perceptions of their makers.

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 258 x 282 x 14mm | 961.61g
  • 15 Jul 2010
  • The British Library Publishing Division
  • London
  • English
  • 70 colour illustrations
  • 0712350896
  • 9780712350891
  • 401,965

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Peter Whitfield is a historian, critic and poet. He was formerly the director of Stanfords International Map Centre in London and now runs the publishing company Wychwood Editions

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