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Star Maps

History, Artistry, and Cartography

Kanas, Nick

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  • Unique images and legends from antiquarian celestial atlases and prints illustrate the text - more than 200 (76 in color).
  • Describes the development and relationships between different sky maps and atlases
  • Demonstrates contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances
  • Contains unique material on early American influences and collecting celestial maps and prints
  • Includes non-European constellation representations

With the construction of the International Space Station, and new plans for manned missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond, there is renewed interest in the heavens. An ever-increasing number of people are fascinated with the science of space and are becoming amateur astronomers.

The beauty and awe generated by the celestial void capture our imagination and delight our aesthetic sense. Antiquarian map societies are prospering, and celestial maps are now viewed as a specialty of map collecting.

This book traces the history of celestial cartography and relates this history to the changing ideas of man’s place in the universe and to advances in map-making.

Reproductions of maps from antiquarian celestial atlases and prints, many previously unpublished in book form, enrich the text, and a legend accompanies each illustration to explain its astronomical and cartographic features.

Also included in the book are discussions of non-European celestial maps and chapters on early American influences and celestial map-collecting.

The book describes the development and relationships between different sky maps and atlases as well as demons

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Celestial Cartography - Cosmology - Star Maps explained - Universe - instruments

Related subjects » Astronomy - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

What is a star map?.- Non-European cosmology and constellation development.- European cosmology.- European constellation development.- Early European star maps.- The “Big Four” of the Golden Age of pictorial star maps.- Other important star maps of the Golden Age.- Special topics.- Mapping the stars in early America.- The transition to non-pictorial star maps.

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