Mapping the New World: Renaissance Maps from the American Museum in Britain

Mapping the New World: Renaissance Maps from the American Museum in Britain

By: "Armitage, Anne, Beresford, Laura"

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.Showcases the finest examples amongst the 200 exquisitely detailed maps donated to the American Museum in Britain .Third in a series for the American Museum in Britain produced by Scala Illustrating the changing shape of the Americas as Renaissance cartographers (working from ancient and medieval sources) learned more of the New World, this collection is the third in a series produced by Scala, which showcases the core collections of the American Museum in Britain. Dr. Dallas Pratt, an American psychiatrist and collector, donated over 200 exquisitely detailed maps to the American Museum in Britain, until his death in 1994. This gift is acclaimed by map scholars as the finest private holding of pre-1600 printed world maps on the other side of the Atlantic. Spurred on by thoughts of treasure - particularly gold, silver, gems and spices - European travelers changed the shape of the New World as they mapped the Americas from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Whereas medieval maps illustrated theology rather than geography, the Renaissance revived the classical discipline of scientifically mapping land mass. Such precision was entirely practical: only by exact measurement could the rich New World territories be claimed, plundered and ruled by its Old World conquerors.

Title: Mapping the New World: Renaissance Maps from the American Museum in Britain

Author Name: "Armitage, Anne, Beresford, Laura"

Categories: Americas,

Publisher: Scala Arts Publishers Inc.:

ISBN Number: 1857598229

ISBN Number 13: 9781857598223

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: very good

lb: 2.10 lb

Seller ID: 9781857598223

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