The Geonoese Catographic Tradition and Christopher Columbus

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Author: Ferro, Gaetano

Year: 1997

Publisher: Instituto Poligrafic e Zecca Dello Stato

Place: Rome


216 pages with 23 plates, including many folding maps, indexes and bibliography. Quarto (11 3/4" x 8 1/4") in pictorial covers with black lettering to spine and cover. Bibliographic references compiled by Maria Grazia Borrelli. Translated by Hann Heck and Luciano F Farina. Volume 12 in the series, Nuova Raccolta Colombiana 1st edition into English. First published as La Tradizone cartografica genovese e Cristoforo Colombo.

The title of this book differs little from that of the 1937 work by Paolo Revelli entitled Christopher Columbus and the Genoese School of Cartography. Why then come back to a subject already treated with such breadth and depth? Because historical cartography has made advances that should be accounted for in the more than fifty years that have passed since then. The time is right to give a comprehensive view of the subject while at the same time expanding our field of vision so as to include, on the one hand, the recent contributions of geographic theory, and, on the other, the recent contributions of geographic theory, and, on the other, explore how technical maps, lined as they are to navigational techniques, were used. A specific objective of this book is to situate in this cartographic tradition the formation and preparation that Christopher Columbus could have received in his native land before the well known events of his life took him to the Iberian Peninsula and put him in contact with navigational practices and commercial circles there. In this way the present volume hopes to help shed light on Columbus's cartographic knowledge as one aspect of the many-faceted figure of the Discoverer of the New World.


Boards slightly bowed else a very good to fine copy issued without jacket.

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