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Imagined Corners: Exploring the World's First Atlas Hardcover – August 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747230404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747230403
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Binding is a novelist, critic, poet, cultural historian, and a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Webster on January 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The author of this book is obviously a considerable scholar -- but he provides us with so much detail on areas related to the Theatrum that it is difficult to focus on his own stated aim : telling us why the atlas was "a watershead publication; it changed lived and altered perceptions for ever". Plus, he has positioned the chapters dealing with the atlas itself at the very back, so we only get to it after wading through Ortelius' life and times and many associates in exhaustive detail. Also, I would have liked to see discussion of some of the current historical map contraversies -- like the Piri Ries maps, or the possible Portaguese discovery of Australia.

Hard for me to maintain my initial enthusiasm.
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The subject is fascinating, the book is well written, and is beautiful in both illustration publication binding and that sort of stuff.

Even by the pound and with added postage it is a bargain.

This book is the sort of find that would be snatched up in the discount section in a store,(taken to the counter, paid for, etc.) read, and enjoyed as good luck for you but a loss to a good publisher who put out something of value but never made money in the process.

It is beautiful book about an important but little known effort in the history of mapmaking.
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By P. Stern on September 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book, containing a masterly synthesis of the origins and context of the Theatrum. The images alone are worth the price of admission. This is the best single account of early modern map-making culture that I have encountered.
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