Title Finding Their Way At Sea: The Story Of Portolan Charts, The Cartograhers Who Drew Them And The Mariners Who Sailed By Them.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book.
Publisher HES & DE GRAAF: 2012.
Seller ID 78696X7
The story of sea charts, of manuscript portolan charts in particular, is a story intimately intertwined with the history of the western world during some of the most significant and eventful periods of recorded history. Through these astonishingly beautiful and functional charts, we can trace developments in trade and warfare, exploration and colonial domination from the late medieval period thrugh the Renaissance and into the Age of European Enlightenment. Featuring approximately 100 full-clor illustrations, the book traces the history of these charts from their introduction in the late thirteenth century to their supplantation in the eighteenth century by their cheaper, printed cousins.
(Key Words: Portolan Charts, Cartographers, Richard Pflederer, Maps, Exploration, Trade, Sea Voyages).