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The History of Cartography, Volume 3

Cartography in the European Renaissance

When the University of Chicago Press launched the landmark History of Cartography series nearly thirty years ago, founding editors J.B. Harley and David Woodward hoped to create a new basis for map history. They did not, however, anticipate the larger renaissance in map studies that the series would inspire. But as the renown of the series and the comprehensiveness and acuity of the present volume demonstrate, the history of cartography has proven to be unexpectedly fertile ground.

Cartography in the European Renaissance treats the period from 1450 to 1650, long considered the most important in the history of European mapping. This period witnessed a flowering in the production of maps comparable to that in the fields of literature and fine arts. Scientific advances, appropriations of classical mapping techniques, burgeoning trade routes—all such massive changes drove an explosion in the making and using of maps. While this volume presents detailed histories of mapping in such well-documented regions as Italy and Spain, it also breaks significant new ground by treating Renaissance Europe in its most expansive geographical sense, giving careful attention to often-neglected regions like Scandinavia, East-Central Europe, and Russia, and by providing innovative interpretive essays on the technological, scientific, cultural, and social aspects of cartography.

Lavishly illustrated with more than a thousand maps, many in color, the two volumes of Cartography in the European Renaissance will be the unsurpassable standard in its field, both defining it and propelling it forward.

Volumes One, Two, Three, and Six are also available in PDF online.

2,272 pages | Set of 2 volumes, 80 color plates, 815 halftones, 150 line drawings, 20 tables | 8 1/2 x 10 3/4 | © 2007

Two clothbound books in boxed set.

The History of Cartography

Geography: Cartography

History: Discoveries and Exploration, European History

Reference and Bibliography


"The production standards are what readers have come to expect . . . the copy editing is meticulous, the bibliography immense and uniformly accurate, and, above all, the reproduction, deploymenty and keying of images both generous and of the highest consistency and quality. Secondly, the chapters are in the main of the highest standard. . . . In short, whilst I do not feel this volume much changes the ‘big picture’ we hold about the nature and geography of the Renaissance, what it does do is take one empirical location or archive – the map in all its forms – and use this as a site on which to flesh out and scrutinize contentions in intellectual, social and cultural history which have previously been inadequately supported. This is, in and of itself, a massive achievement which should demand the attention of all historians of the Renaissance, not merely those with an interest in science, geography and cartography.”

Robert J. Mayhew | Journal of Historical Geography

"Begun in the 1980s, this project has significantly broadened the scope of this niche in the larger world of historical study. . . . This volume, and for that matter the rest of the series, can be an invaluable resource for anyone researching this subject."

Richard Pflederer | History Today

"As a historian of cartography, I can say with certainty that these volumes are indispensable to any researcher in the field and will be of interest to all those who love maps. Moreover, they can be enjoyed by a wide range of readers, from serious scholars to everyday map aficionados."

Benjamin B. Olshin | Isis

“The ambition of this comprehensive reference work, treating the Renaissance period 1450 to 1650, is truly remarkable. . . . For those who are not map specialists this book is a fundamental starting point, an absolutely essential reference tool that opens up the field of cartography. But even to specialists it is certain to contain unfamiliar material, such is the depth of its coverage.”

Simon Turner | Print Quarterly

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Part 1
Preface, David Woodward
      Setting the Stage
1    Cartography and the Renaissance: Continuity and Change, David Woodward
2    The Role of Maps in Later Medieval Society: Twelfth to Fourteenth Century, Victoria Morse
      The History of Renaissance Cartography: Interpretive Essays
Maps and Renaissance Culture
    Images of Renaissance Cosmography, 1450–1650, Denis E. Cosgrove
4    Renaissance Star Charts, Anna Friedman Herlihy
   Lunar, Solar, and Planetary Representations to 1650, R. H. van Gent and A. Van Helden
   Globes in Renaissance Europe, Elly Dekker
7    The Renaissance Chart Tradition in the Mediterranean, Corradino Astengo
8    Isolarii, Fifteenth to Seventeenth Century, George Tolias
9    The Reception of Ptolemy’s Geography (End of the Fourteenth to Beginning of the Sixteenth Century), Patrick Gautier Dalché
10  Map Projections in the Renaissance, John P. Snyder
11  The European Religious Worldview and Its Influence on Mapping, Pauline Moffitt Watts
12  Early Modern Literature and Cartography: An Overview, Tom Conley
13  Literature and Mapping in Early Modern England, 1520–1688, Henry S. Turner
14  Cartography and Literature in Early Modern France, Nancy Bouzrara and Tom Conley
15  Literary Mapping in German-Speaking Europe, Franz Reitinger
16  Maps and Literature in Renaissance Italy, Theodore J. Cachey Jr.
17  Mapping Maritime Triumph and the Enchantment of Empire: Portuguese Literature of the Renaissance, Neil Safier and Ilda Mendes dos Santos
18  Literature and Cartography in Early Modern Spain: Etymologies and Conjectures, Simone Pinet
Technical Production and Consumption
  Land Surveys, Instruments, and Practitioners in the Renaissance, Uta Lindgren
20  Navigation Techniques and Practice in the Renaissance, Eric H. Ash
21  Signs on Printed Topographical Maps, ca. 1470–ca. 1640, Catherine Delano-Smith
22  Techniques of Map Engraving, Printing, and Coloring in the European Renaissance, David Woodward
23  Centers of Map Publishing in Europe, 1472–1600, Robert Karrow
24  Maps as Educational Tools in the Renaissance, Lesley B. Cormack
25  Maps in Renaissance Libraries and Collections, George Tolias
Maps and Their Uses in Renaissance Governance
  Maps and the Early Modern State: Official Cartography, Richard L. Kagan and Benjamin Schmidt
27  Portraying the City in Early Modern Europe: Measurement, Representation, and Planning, Hilary Ballon and David Friedman
28  Maps and Rural Land Management in Early Modern Europe, Roger J. P. Kain
29  Warfare and Cartography, ca. 1450 to ca. 1640, John Hale
30  Maps and Exploration in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries, Felipe Fernández-Armesto
Italian States
  The Italian Map Trade, 1480–1650, David Woodward
32  Cycles of Painted Maps in the Renaissance, Francesca Fiorani
33  Cartography in the Duchy of Savoy during the Renaissance, Paola Sereno
34 Cartographic Activities in the Republic of Genoa, Corsica, and Sardinia during the Renaissance, Massimo Quaini
35  State, Cartography, and Territory in Renaissance Veneto and Lombardy, Emanuela Casti
36  Cartography in the Central Italian States from 1480 to 1680, Leonardo Rombai
37  Cartography in the Kingdom of Naples during the Early Modern Period, Vladimiro Valerio
  Portuguese Cartography in the Renaissance, Maria Fernanda Alegria, Suzanne Daveau, João Carlos Garcia, Francesc Relaño
  Spanish Peninsular Cartography, 1500–1700, David Buisseret
40  Spanish Nautical Cartography in the Renaissance, Alison Sandman
41  Spanish Colonial Cartography, 1450–1700, David Buisseret
Part 2
German Lands
  Cartography in the German Lands, 1450–1650, Peter H. Meurer
Low Countries
  Surveying and Official Mapping in the Low Countries, 1500–ca. 1670, Cornelis Koeman and Marco van Egmond
44  Commercial Cartography and Map Production in the Low Countries, 1500–ca. 1672, Cornelis Koeman, Günter Schilder, Marco van Egmond, and Peter van der Krogt
45  Maritime Cartography in the Low Countries during the Renaissance, Günter Schilder and Marco van Egmond
46  Mapping the Dutch World Overseas in the Seventeenth Century, Kees Zandvliet
Maps and Descriptions of the World in Sixteenth-Century France, Frank Lestringant and Monique Pelletier
48  National and Regional Mapping in France to About 1650, Monique Pelletier
49  French Cartography: The ingénieurs du roi, 1500–1650, David Buisseret
50  Representations of Territory by Painters, Engineers, and Land Surveyors in France during the Renaissance, Monique Pelletier
51  The Mapping of Samuel de Champlain, 1603–1635, Conrad E. Heidenreich
52  Marine Cartography and Navigation in Renaissance France, Sarah Toulouse
53  Publishing and the Map Trade in France, 1470–1670, Catherine Hofmann
British Isles
  Mapmaking in England, ca. 1470–1650, Peter Barber
55  Colonial Cartography in a European Setting: The Case of Tudor Ireland, J. H. Andrews
56  The Kingdom of Scotland: Cartography in an Age of Confidence, Jeffrey Stone
57  The London Map Trade to 1640, Laurence Worms
58  Chartmaking in England and Its Context, 1500–1660, Sarah Tyacke
59  Colonial Cartography under the Tudor and Early Stuart Monarchies, ca. 1480–ca. 1640, Robert C. D. Baldwin
60  Scandinavian Renaissance Cartography, William R. Mead
East-Central Europe
  Renaissance Cartography in East-Central Europe, ca. 1450–1650, Zsolt Török
  Russian Cartography to ca. 1700, L. A. Goldenberg
Editor and Authors
Bibliographical Index
General Index
, Margie


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