Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

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9780712358903: Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

The sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps, whether swimming vigorously, gambolling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, are one of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, and yet they have never been carefully studied. The subject is important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of the 'marvellous' and of western conceptions of the ocean. Moreover, the sea monsters depicted on maps can supply important insights into the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them. In this highly-illustrated book the author analyzes the most important examples of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps produced in Europe, beginning with the earliest mappaemundi on which they appear in the tenth century and continuing to the end of the sixteenth century.

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[An] authoritative, wide-ranging study ... sumptuously produced --Marina Warner, New York Review of Books

A truly charming book, and one that will turbocharge the imagination of anyone staring over the side of a boat at a bunch of waves that could hide just about anything. --Marine Quarterly

Those aquatic behemoths and their origins are collected in cartographical guru Chet Van Duzer's wonderful new book, Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps, an in-depth dissection of ancient maps and sea beasts from days past. --out.com

A very likeable book, balancing extensive scholarship alongside lavish but pertinent illustrations... A generously illustrated book that should charm many readers, from the young to anyone who likes monsters, but it is also of interest and relevance to historians and other lovers of cartography. --Journal of The Australian and New Zealand Map Society

Those aquatic behemoths and their origins are collected in cartographical guru Chet Van Duzer's wonderful new book, Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps, an in-depth dissection of ancient maps and sea beasts from days past. --out.com

About the Author:

Chet Van Duzer is a Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress. He is the author of Johann Schoner's Globe of 1515: Transcription and Study (2010) and co-author with John Hessler of Seeing the World Anew: The Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 & 1516 World Maps, (forthcoming).

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