The Golden Age of Maritime Maps

    The Golden Age of Maritime Maps

    When Europe Discovered the World

    Catherine Hofmann; Helene Richard; Emmanuelle Vagnon

    Firefly 2013

    Hardback 256pp Illustrated 254x277mm

    9781770852389   Product Code: 23204

    Portolan charts - from the Italian portolano, meaning 'relating to ports' - were used by sailors from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Painted on vellum, they show every coastal feature, with the seas criss-crossed by rhumb lines. This book reproduces 142 of these maps in superb detail, while experts trace their origins among the Jewish cartographers of Majorca, the influence of Islamic and Indian mapmakers, and the maps' dissemination as Europeans began to explore the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

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