By Walter Goffart

Today we will be able to stroll into any well-stocked bookshop or library and locate an array of historic atlases. the 1st thorough overview of the resource fabric, Historical Atlases lines how those collections of "maps for history"—maps whose sole goal used to be to demonstrate a few ancient second or scene—came into being.

Beginning within the 16th century, and carrying on with all the way down to the past due 19th, Walter Goffart discusses milestones within the origins of historic atlases in addition to person maps illustrating ancient occasions in alternating, paired chapters. He makes a speciality of maps of the medieval interval as the improvement of maps for historical past hinged quite on portrayals of this phase of the postclassical, "modern" earlier. Goffart concludes the booklet with an in depth catalogue of greater than seven-hundred ancient maps and atlases made from 1570 to 1870.

Historical Atlases will instantly take its position because the unmarried most vital reference on its topic. Historians of cartography, medievalists, and an individual heavily attracted to the function of maps in portraying background will locate it invaluable.

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