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History of Cartography

provides information on a multi-volume endeavor to assemble a comprehensive history of map making. Volumes that have been completed examine cartographies of prehistoric, ancient, and medieval Europe and the Mediterranean; traditional Islamic and South Asian societies; traditional East and Southeast Asian societies; traditional African, American, Arctic, Australian, and Pacific societies; and the European Renaissance. (Multiple Agencies)

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Interesting Fact:

An atlas by Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) titled Grosser atlas uber die gantze Welt wie diese sowel (Nuremberg, 1731) established his Nuremberg publishing house in 1702 and was he appointed Geographer to the Holy Roman Empire in 1715. He and his heirs published several composite atlases that contained plans of towns and cities.
Not printed until the mid-1530s, Oronce Fine began work on this double-sheet woodcut in 1518-19. Notable characteristics include the joining of the North American continent with Asia and the

Cordiform world map, ca. 1536

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