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Sea Monsters on Medieval (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 18/09/2014
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The sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps, whether swimming vigorously, gambolling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation, are one of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, and yet they have never been carefully studied. The subject is important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of the 'marvellous' and of western conceptions of the ocean. Moreover, the sea monsters depicted on maps can supply important insights into the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them. In this highly-illustrated book the author analyzes the most important examples of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps produced in Europe, beginning with the earliest mappaemundi on which they appear in the tenth century and continuing to the end of the sixteenth century.

Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
ISBN: 9780712357715
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 244 x 172 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In the large-format, hardcover that this thing is, it's basically as near to the ultimate nerd-level coffee table book that you could ever want, and I love it for that."
--Aidan Flax-Clark "Lapham's Quarterly "
"A truly charming book, and one that will turbocharge the imagination of anyone staring over the side of a boat at a bunch of waves that could hide just about anything."
--Sam Llewellyn "Marine Quarterly "
In the large-format, hardcover that this thing is, it s basically as near to the ultimate nerd-level coffee table book that you could ever want, and I love it for that.
--Aidan Flax-Clark "Lapham's Quarterly ""
A truly charming book, and one that will turbocharge the imagination of anyone staring over the side of a boat at a bunch of waves that could hide just about anything.
--Sam Llewellyn "Marine Quarterly ""

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