From the reviews of the second edition:“Nick Kanas’ ‘Star Maps’ lets you have a peek in some of the oldest and most famous star maps that were drawn and printed. … Star Maps also gives a short overview of the history of astronomy from it’s beginning to the 20th century and also describes some of the earliest instruments that astronomers used - astrolabe, armillary sphere, volvelle. … If you’re really into maps, then this is a cool book to read as well.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, August, 2013)
From the Back Cover
Star Maps captures the beauty and awe of the heavens through celestial prints and star atlases. It traces the history of celestial cartography and relates this history to the changing ideas of humanity's place in the universe. The text of this Second Edition is enriched with 263 photographs, 91 in color, showing images from actual antiquarian celestial books and atlases, each one with an explanation of its astronomical and cartographic features.
This new edition of Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography includes:
- over 50 new pages of text and 44 new images (16 in color)
- completely new sections on celestial frontispieces, deep-sky objects, playing card maps, additional cartographers, and modern computerized star maps
- updated figures and text about celestial globes, volvelles, telescopes, and planets and asteroids
- revised and updated text and illustrations throughout.
The book focuses on the development of celestial cartography from ancient to modern times and describes the relationships between different star maps and atlases. It demonstrates contemporary cosmological ideas, constellation representations, and cartographic advances. Uniquely, it contains material on early American influences and non-European constellation representations. This book is a must-have reference for anyone interested in the workings of the heavens.