Periplus: An Essay on the Early History of Charts And Sailing Directions
ISBN 13: 9781578984541
Publisher: Martino Pub
Publication Date: 2004
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Nordenskiold, A. E.
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Book Description: 2004. Nordenskild, A.E. [Adolf Erik]. Periplus: An Essay on the Early History of Charts & Sailing Directions. Stockholm, Sweden: [P.A. Norstedt], 1897. Large Folio. 11 ? X 17 inches. 208 pp. illus., plates, maps. Reprinted 2004 by Martino Publishing. Cloth. * Nordenskiold, geologist and exploer, has been described as the founder of modern historical geography. An ardent bibliofile, he collected books on a large scale and accumulated one of the finest private libraries covering exploration and the history of map-making. In Periplus, as well as in other published titles, he made major contributions to research in the early history of cartography. Periplus is an important reference work which covers not only portolan charts, but also mappae mundi and regional maps. The maps are described in chronological order. The index is comprehensive and there are sixty facsimile reproductions. "An indispensable work for historians of cartography and hydrography"-Hodgkiss & Tatham, Keyguide to Information Sources in Cartography, #235. The original edition of 1897 has always been quite scarce, and sells for in excess of two thousand five hundred dollars. The 1960s reprint is also uncommon, and sells for approximately seven hundred dollars. Bookseller Inventory # 42219
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