The Hereford Mappa Mundi is the largest and most elaborate world map surviving from before the fifteenth century. Made in the late thirteenth century at Lincoln by one Richard of Holdingham, it was then taken to Hereford, which has been its home ever since.
There has been much speculation as to the identity of the author of the map, and the purposes for which it might have been made. More than just a map, it can be seen as an encyclopedia of distant lands, their peoples, myths, and natural history, all held together within a framework of Christian belief - the figure of Christ in judgment is placed in a prominent position at the top of the map. It presents an illuminating view of the world as it appeared to a cultured and well-read person in thirteenth-century England.
In this book, P.D.A. Harvey provides an authoritative interpretation of the map, based on a fresh examination of its surface, and reveals evidence of how it was made, what it depicts, and what sources the author used. Many detailed photographs, specially commissioned for the purpose, together with illustrations of other related medieval maps, accompany the text.
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P.D.A. Harvey is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Durham and author of many books on the history of cartography, including Medieval Maps (1991).
'P.D.A. Harvey's book now provides a scholarly, and at the same time highly readable, analysis of the map, setting it in its intellectual and cartographic context.'(Michael Prestwich Times Literary Supplement)
'Harvey has studied the map and all that has been written about it to provide a life story unique in the world of cartography. Color illustrations, appendixes, and select bibliography render his book an artistic and valuable addition to the literature.'(G.J. Martin Choice)
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Book Description University of Toronto Press, S, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110802009859