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The Naming of America: Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introductio Hardcover – February 1, 2008
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Both a scholarly treatise and a book anyone would purchase to remember the cornerstone map” Peter J. Porrazzo, The Portolan, Journal of the Washington Map Society
A scholarly affair, impeccably printed” Elinor Teele, California Literary Review
Hessler provides the first published translation of the map’s text blocks” Washington Post
“Both a scholarly treatise and a book anyone would purchase to remember the cornerstone map” Peter J. Porrazzo, The Portolan, Journal of the Washington Map Society
“A scholarly affair, impeccably printed” Elinor Teele, California Literary Review
“Hessler provides the first published translation of the map’s text blocks” Washington Post
About the Author
John W. Hessler is a member of the Collections Management Team of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. He has published extensively on the history of mathematical and planetary cartography, and is the author of articles relating to the Waldseemuller Map Corpus. His current research focuses on the study of geometrical and axiomatic methods in Ptolemy's cartographic and astronomical works, especially the Mathematica Syntaxis.
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This book has the 12 sections of the original map that appeared in as a book, with explanations of 3 dimensional projections (these will be familiar to astronomers).
Latin to English translations of the original instructions (only the elite could afford such a book with maps) are very helpful.
I cannot wait to see the original displayed at the Library of Congress. Until then, this book is a nice substitute.