Popular Astronomy

Star Maps

History, Artistry, and Cartography

Authors: Kanas, Nick

  • 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
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About this book

Until the publication of the first edition of 'Star Maps,' books were either general histories of astronomy using examples of antiquarian celestial maps as illustrations, or catalogs of celestial atlases that failed to trace the flow of sky map development over time.

The second edition focuses on the development of contemporary views of the heavens and advances in map-making. It captures the beauty and awe of the heavens through images from antiquarian celestial prints and star atlases. This book uniquely combines a number of features: 1) the history of celestial cartography is traced from ancient to modern times; 2) this development is integrated with contemporary cosmological systems; 3) the artistry of sky maps is shown using beautiful color images from actual celestial atlases and prints; 4) each illustration is accompanied by a legend explaining what is being shown; and 5) the text is written for the lay reader based on the author's experience with writing articles for amateur astronomy and map collector magazines.

This updated second edition of 'Star Maps' contains over 50 new pages of text and 44 new images (16 in color), including completely new sections on celestial frontispieces, deep-sky objects, playing card maps, additional cartographers, and modern computerized star maps. There is also expanded material about celestial globes, volvelles, telescopes, and planets and asteroids.

About the authors

Dr. Nick Kanas is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco. He has been collecting antiquarian star maps for over 30 years. He is a member of several map collector societies and has lectured on the history of celestial cartography at scientific and non-scientific meetings of organizations such as the Adler Planetarium, the Lick Observatory, and the Sydney (Australia) Observatory, and annual meetings of the International Conference on the History of Cartography, the Society for the History of Astronomy, the Flamsteed Astronomical Society in Greenwich, U.K. and the California Map Society. He has written articles on this subject for a number of journals and magazines including 'Sky & Telescope' and the 'Journal of the International Map Collector's Society.'

Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (London). The first edition of his title 'Star Maps' (Springer, 2007) was well-reviewed and went through two printings. He continues to write and lecture on antiquarian star maps for various groups, including professional conferences and meetings of amateur astronomers and map collectors.

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

“Nick Kanas’ ‘Star Maps’ lets you have a peek in some of the oldest and most famous star maps that were drawn and printed. … Star Maps also gives a short overview of the history of astronomy from it’s beginning to the 20th century and also describes some of the earliest instruments that astronomers used - astrolabe, armillary sphere, volvelle. … If you’re really into maps, then this is a cool book to read as well.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, August, 2013)

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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Star Maps
Book Subtitle
History, Artistry, and Cartography
Authors
Series Title
Popular Astronomy
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0917-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0917-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0916-8
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXXV, 528
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