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Star Maps

History, Artistry, and Cartography

Kanas, Nick

2nd ed. 2012, XXXV, 528 p.

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  • Includes over 50 new pages of text and 44 new images (16 in color)
  • Expands the existing sections on the celestial globe, planisphere, and planets, moons, and comets
  • Includes new sections on colonial contributions to star maps, new information on Hannah Bouvier, and 21st century computerized star finders
  • Glowing review of 1st edition: "Lucky me. I just received Star Maps by Nick Kanas (Springer, 2007). This is one thorough and highly illustrated book! In addition to numerous black-and-white illustrations, three sections (totaling 76 pages) reproduces star maps in color. Several appendices and a glossary round out this terrific book (Michael Bakich, Astronomy Magazine, November, 2007

Star Maps captures the beauty and awe of the heavens through celestial prints and star atlases. It traces the history of celestial cartography and relates this history to the changing ideas of humanity's place in the universe. The text of this Second Edition is enriched with 263 photographs, 91 in color, showing images from actual antiquarian celestial books and atlases, each one with an explanation of its astronomical and cartographic features.

This new edition of Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography includes:

- over 50 new pages of text and 44 new images (16 in color)
- completely new sections on celestial frontispieces, deep-sky objects, playing card maps, additional cartographers, and modern computerized star maps
- updated figures and text about celestial globes, volvelles, telescopes, and planets and asteroids
- revised and updated text and illustrations throughout.

The book focuses on the development of celestial cartography from ancient to modern times and describes the relationships between different star maps and atlases. It demonstrates contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances. Uniquely, it contains material on early American influences and non-European constellation representations. This book is a must-have reference for anyone interested in the workings of the heavens.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Ancient cosmology - Antiquarian celestial maps - Celestial cartography - Celestial maps - Constellation figures - Contemporary cosmological systems - History of star maps - Sky map artistry - Star atlas - Star maps explained

Related subjects » Geographical Information Systems - History of Science - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Prefac to Second Edition.- Foreword to First Edition.- Preface to First Edition.- Acknowledgments.- List of Figures.- List of Tables.- List of abbreviations and acronyms.- Chapter 1: What is a star map?.- Chapter 2: Non-European cosmology and constellation development.- Chapter 3: European Cosmology.- Chapter 4: European constellation development.- Chapter 5: Early European star maps.- Chapter 6: The "Big Four" of the Golden Age of pictorial star maps.- Chapter 7: Other important star maps of the Golden Age.- Chapter 8: Special topics.- Chapter 9: Mapping the stars in early America.- Chapter 10: The transition to non-pictorial star maps.- Chapter 11: Color Plate Gallery.-Ā Appendices.- Appendix A: Collecting celestial maps and prints.- Appendix B: Supplementary reference catalog.- Appendix C: Indices of major constellation atlases.- Appendix D: The British Library "Kings's" edition.- Appendix E: Glossary.- Index.

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