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Martin Waldseemüller’s 'Carta marina' of 1516

Study and Transcription of the Long Legends

Authors: Van Duzer, Chet

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  • Provides the first complete transcription, translation, and commentary on all of the map’s descriptive texts
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  • Richly illustrated and accompanied by online access to high-resolution images of all of the sheets of the map
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This open access book presents the first detailed study of one of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance cartography, Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta marina of 1516. By transcribing, translating into English, and detailing the sources of all of the descriptive texts on the map, as well as the sources of many of the images, the book makes the map available to scholars in a wholly unprecedented way.  
In addition, the book provides revealing insights into how Waldseemüller went about making the map -- information that can’t be found in any other source. The Carta marina is the result of Waldseemüller’s radical re-evaluation of what a world map should be; he essentially started from scratch when he created it, rejecting the Ptolemaic model and other sources he had used in creating his 1507 map, and added more descriptive texts and a wealth of illustrations.   Given its content, the book offers an essential reference work not only on this map, but also for anyone working in sixteenth-century European cartography. 

About the authors

Chet Van Duzer is a Researcher in Residence at the John Carter Brown Library and a board member of the Lazarus Project at the University of Rochester, which brings multispectral imaging to cultural institutions around the world. He has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps; in 2018 his book Henricus Martellus’s World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging, Sources, and Influence was published by Springer. His recent NEH-Mellon project at the Library of Congress was a study of the annotations in a heavily annotated copy of the 1525 edition of Ptolemy’s Geography; and last year he completed a David Rumsey Research Fellowship at Stanford and the John Carter Brown Library studying Urbano Monte’s manuscript world map of 1587. His current project is a book about cartographic cartouches.

Table of contents (2 chapters)

Table of contents (2 chapters)
  • Introduction to the Carta Marina

    Pages 1-53

    Van Duzer, Chet

  • The Long Legends: Transcription, Translation, and Commentary

    Pages 55-150

    Van Duzer, Chet

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-22703-6
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Hardcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-22702-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Martin Waldseemüller’s 'Carta marina' of 1516
Book Subtitle
Study and Transcription of the Long Legends
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22703-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22703-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22702-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 150
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 45 illustrations in colour
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