Seeing the World Anew
Masterpieces of Renaissance Cartographic Art
This is a careful, impressive, affordable, and well-packaged production that should be of interest to anyone curious about the early mapping of the New World, and the works of Martin Waldseemüller and his associates. There are thirty-six well-formatted illustrations within the text, something that will appeal to those interested in the art of Renaissance cartography. The folding map reprints--full-sized facsimiles would be prohibitively large and more expensive--are clear and carefully printed with good resolution of original detail. The text is scholarly, something to be expected from the likes of John Hessler and Chet van Duzer, but still accessible for the well-educated albeit not academically specialized general reader. For those wishing to go further, there are chapter by chapter end-notes. Ralph Ehrenberg, current Chief of the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, wrote the afterword explaining the significance and detailing bits of the purchase history of these two intellectual cartographic masterpieces for our nation's library.
November 5, 2012