The Image of the World: 20 Centuries of World Maps

The Image of the World: 20 Centuries of World Maps


By (author) Peter Whitfield

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  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 258mm x 282mm x 14mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712350896
  • ISBN 13: 9780712350891
  • Illustrations note: 70 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 399,073

Product description

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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Author information

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