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THE MAPMAKERS’ WORLD: A Cultural History of the European World Map by Marjo T Nurminen – Geographical Magazine

A few decades before the Battle of Hastings, a scribe in Canterbury began compiling a new world map His world was square, with fat, red rivers and green mountains and an inland sea scattered with so many islands that it looked like a broken mosaic.

Review in the Times Literary Supplement of ”Metropolis: Mapping the city” by Jeremy Black, and ”The Mapmakers’ World: A cultural history of the European world map” by Marjo T. Nurminen

Review in the Times Literary Supplement of 1) ”Metropolis: Mapping the city” by Jeremy Black, and 2) ”The Mapmakers’ World: A cultural history of the European world map” by Marjo T. Nurminen 1) Bloomsbury. 224 pp. £12.99. ISBN 978

“The last few years have produced a rich harvest of map books, so newcomers have to stand tall to win notice.The Mapmakers’ World delivers an ambitious thesis with style. Paper and printing are superb, and the enormous number of colour illustrations make this a many-layered work that includes rarely seen portraits of leading mapmakers, exquisite enlargements of map detail and expositions on the evolution of map-making techniques.I enjoyed being able to compare a medieval cosmography showing a pair of angels rotating the machina mundi using hand-cranks with the complex armillary sphere some 200 pages later by Apianus.This magnificent book is a monument to the effort and ingenuity that Europeans have devoted to understanding the wider world, a quest continuing to this day, and one that still relies on maps.”
Nicholas Crane

President of the Royal Geographical Society, Geographical 2/1/16

THE MAPMAKERS’ WORLD: A Cultural History of the European World Map by Marjo T Nurminen – Geographical Magazine

A few decades before the Battle of Hastings, a scribe in Canterbury began compiling a new world map His world was square, with fat, red rivers and green mountains and an inland sea scattered with so many islands that it looked like a broken mosaic.

“…illustrated in beautifully pin-sharp colour throughout. The book s production values as a whole are exceptional…The reader comes to the end of this beautiful and awe-inspiring book with a profound sense of humility at inheriting the accumulated knowledge of so many who struggled to understand their place in the world.”
Times Literary Supplement, 5/27/16

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